ID a bird from its song?

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CooloolaDreaming's picture
ID a bird from its song?

I have heard a bird in the small creek reserve behind our house. The reserve contains melaleuca, swamp bloodwood, banksias and other natives (see picture). For the last couple of weeks I have heard but not seen a bird that is new to the area.  I live in Cooloola Cove which is on the edge of the Great Sandy National Park (Cooloola Section) in SE Qld.

I have recorded the bird's song in the hope that someone will recognise it.  Please note that there is no video only sound.

Rebecca Z

I got an error when I tried to play the video. Did you only just upload it? Often you have to wait a bit for the actual link for it to work.

timrp's picture

I got an error too.

pacman's picture

Still an error message


CooloolaDreaming's picture

Never posted a video to youtube before - having some teething problems.

It works on youtube so I don't know what's happening.

This is the embed code that youtube supplied:-

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

This is the URL supplied by youtube as the sharing URL:-

This is the URL as it appears in the search bar:-

I first tried the sharing URL and then I tried the embed code. Neither worked. As you can see the time length of the video is showing as zero and it should be 25 seconds.

rawshorty's picture

The URL from the search bar works and is the way i do it when posting here.

As for the bird i have no idea but would love to have one singing at my place.

I am sure someone on here will ID it for you though.

Shorty......Canon gear


GregL's picture

I don't know if you get lyrebirds that far north but it could be a possibility.

Rebecca Z

It sounds like a grey shrike-thrush to me. The phrasing and pitch are slightly changed from what we hear down here, but there's the underlying sounds that sound similar to me.

SteveM's picture

IMO it's an Australasian Figbird.

Rebecca Z

Yes, Steve, it would appear that you're right. Having listened to the figbird calls here, they're a perfect match.

CooloolaDreaming's picture

Thanks all. The probabilities are that it is a Fig Bird. They are quite common around here but I have just never seen one at the same time as hearing it sing. On listening to the song and then comparing it to that of the Grey Shrike-thrush I'm almost certain that it is a Fig Bird.

The Fig bird is aready in my personal backyard bird book. I'm up to 33 species now.

Canonguy's picture

Definitely a Figbird.

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