Nocturnal Bird Id

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charlie1
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Nocturnal Bird Id

Can anyone help us out?

We have a nocturnal bird which sounds like it has a whistle snore living across the road. I haven't heard it for a while now, and someone suggested it was a koel but listening to the call on the website, I know it is not that.

Any suggestions?

Cheers

AB

magpie
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Koels have pretty much left for the year now.
And they aren't nocturnal though they are known to call out at 3am.

It must be a tawny frogmouth, they make some strange noises and are really the only nocturnal birds here besides owls.

raysimula
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If 3AM isn't nocturnal I'd like to know what is.What about a barn owl or masked owl, they make some pretty wierd noises.
Ray

magpie
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As far as I know the koel isn't considered a nocturnal bird, ie one that is active during the night.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

ed
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maybe a possum?

Ed Townsville NQ

VernJ
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Hi! Charlie 1. I had a listen to my Simpson and Day's Birdsong CD this morning. The Lesser Sooty Owl sounds like a snoring whistle. It is a long even downward pitch, “like a falling bomb”. But my info says a Nth Qld. rainforest bird. If that's your patch, bingo.

The Sooty Owl has a downward pitching call also, deeper tone but with a bit of a staccato or saw-tooth sound ... like a bit of post nasal drip in the back of the throat. It has the wider range.

Both are in the genus “tyto”.

I can’t find either bird on this site. Nor could I find a sound bite for you sorry.

Keep digging, good luck.

VJ

charlie1
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will look up our local list and see if these birds live locally on the south coast of NSW (Shoalhaven Heads).

VJ - is the Simpson and Day CD readily available? I assume in ABC shops?

The Koel's have definitely left our area as I have not heard one for a week or so.

I will keep searching.

Cheers

AB

VernJ
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Hi Charlie 1. I think it may have been from ABC Shop. But anyway do a google on Birds of Australia 5.0 and heaps of references appear. It a great resource ...

Cheers!

VJ

swift
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hi charlie 1 , It may be a nightjar

VernJ
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Hello again Charlie1. I found a sound byte for the Sooty Owl.

You said a "wistle snore: in your initial post ... try this site and click on the sound:

http://lamington.nrsm.uq.edu.au/Documents/Birds/Soo.htm
else copy this http ://lamington.nrsm.uq.edu.au/Documents/Birds/Soo.htm

Cheers!

VJ

charlie1
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Thanks for all your suggestions, it could very well be a Sooty Owl, we hear the scream / snore but not the remainder of the call. I will pay more attention the next time I hear it and go for a walk and investigate.

Thanks VJ

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