Does anybody know what this bird is?

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8 years 4 months ago #516465 by 2D
Does anybody know what this bird is? It calls just two notes, C sharp, followed by D sharp. Then a pause, then does it again. I haven't been able to spot it, but it seems to sit in trees, either in the broken pine or in the bush. I hadn't heard it before this spring. I'd love to know what it is. I have looked in the Radio NZ site and in the DOC site but can't find it there. Anybody know?

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8 years 4 months ago - 8 years 4 months ago #516467 by Stikkibeek
My first thought would be Shining Cuckoo, because they are about at the moment and they are very hard to spot in a tree.
A less likely possibility is a young tui learning to sing. They can sound a bit like a rusty gate being swung backwards and forwards by an annoying child. They I think would be a lot easier to see.

Minahs and Starlings are capable of mimicking sounds from other birds.

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8 years 4 months ago #516468 by 2D
Minahs and Starlings are capable of mimicking sounds from other birds.

Yes,that's certainly true - we had one last year which could mimic the sound of our washing machine finishing!

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8 years 4 months ago #516469 by 2D

Stikkibeek wrote: My first thought would be Shining Cuckoo, because they are about at the moment and they are very hard to spot in a tree.
Well, I have looked at the shining cuckoo entry on www.nzbirds.com/birds/pipiwharauroa.html and it actually doesn't sound like that. The one we have is a definite C sharp, pause, D sharp - and nothing else, no downward glissando.

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8 years 4 months ago #516471 by spoook
For those of us not musically tuned, are they long notes? I am guessing it could be an Eastern Rosella.

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8 years 4 months ago #516472 by meadowlands
I was going to suggest Rosella also

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8 years 4 months ago - 8 years 4 months ago #516474 by Ruth
I believe I hear the same bird and have not been able to identify it. I went through the sound files of all the probable candidates on nzbirdsonline.org.nz but still couldn't find it. I've heard it over several years, so I don't think it's a Tui, although it could be - around here they tend to change their song pattern every year.

Actually, thinking about it a little more, my bird has only a semi-tone step between the two notes and the first note is usually broken - dit-dit dee. It's reasonably loud, so I presume a bird of more than minute size.
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8 years 4 months ago #516475 by 2D

spoook wrote: For those of us not musically tuned, are they long notes? I am guessing it could be an Eastern Rosella.


For those of us not musically attuned, think English cuckoo, played backwards. We have nicknamed it the "oo-cuck". There are two distinct notes, with perhaps a quaver rest in between, and no sliding between them. In musical parlance the notes are detached, but not staccato.

It is quite loud, so I too think it must be a biggish bird.

We have had Eastern Rosella here for a number of years, but I have not heard this call before. I looked the Eastern Rosella up on nzbirdsonline.org.nz and it gives a number of calls, but nothing like ours. However, this site does say that the Eastern Rosella has 25 different calls! But, as I say, we haven't heard this one before this year and have had rosellas flying around for many years now.

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8 years 4 months ago - 8 years 4 months ago #516476 by spoook
Listen to

shut your eyes and concentrate hard at 53 seconds. There is a quick two note call. Normally longer but these are the notes you may be hearing.

Have changed the link, very "in your face" sorry.

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8 years 4 months ago #516480 by Stikkibeek
Spoook, I'm just getting a 404 error on that link. Can you please try posting the url only as a paste option and I will try it as a search

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8 years 4 months ago #516482 by 2D
Me too.

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8 years 4 months ago - 8 years 4 months ago #516484 by LongRidge
My first thought would be that boring, as in repetetative rather than hole making, and horrible bird that sounds like a reversing truck. That is, a ....

Tui.

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8 years 4 months ago #516491 by lisaeve
A shining cuckoo is a very distinctive repeated slide between about an F and a C. About a 5th anyway. It's not till about now that we get the slide down at the end.

It sounds like a young tui to me. Either that or you've had some new rosellas move in to the neighbourhood and they've brought a new song with them.

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8 years 4 months ago #516492 by lisaeve
And for spook's clip, just copy the bit that starts ' www.youtub ' and paste, and that will work.

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8 years 4 months ago #516497 by Ruth
There are a couple of calls on nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/eastern-rosella in the second sound recording (of captive birds) which sound somewhat similar to what I've heard here. Funny how one can forget things: I believe I probably concluded that a Rosella was the culprit a couple of years ago. What else could it be, after all?

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