Running Time:

64 min

Release Date:

September 2001

Recording Location:

Track 1: Sundown NP, SE Qld
Track 2: Mootwingee NP, western NSW
Track 3-7: Warby Ranges, NE Vic
Track 8: Weetootla Gorge, Flinders Ranges, SA
Track 9: Oodnadatta Track SA
Track 10: Hattah Kulkyne National Park Vic
Track 11: Todd River, east of Alice Springs, NT
Track 12-14: Oodnadatta Track SA
Track 15-16: Nourlangie Rock, Kakadu NP, NT
Track 17-18: Yuragir NP, NE NSW
Track 19: near Bowen, central Qld
Track 20: near Eden, SE NSW
Track 21: Eungella NP, central Qld
Track 22: Myrtle Gully, near Healesville, Vic
Track 23-24: Hull River, near Mission Beach, far-north Qld
Track 25-26: Weetootla Gorge, Flinders Ranges, SA
Track 27: Little Desert, Vic

Favourite Australian Birdsong

Australia is a land of beautiful and unique birdsong.

From the familiar voices of bush and garden, to the secret song of the Redthroat; from a magical chorus of Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, to a forest ringing with Bellbirds - This album is a journey around the continent, and a personal selection of our favourite songbirds.

Audio sample of this album

1.

A Land of Birdsong (featuring Rufous Whistler, Mistletoebird, Scarlet Honeyeater, and White-throated Gerygone)

5.26

 

Into the Australian Bush

 

2.

Grey Shrike-Thrush

2.16

3.

Scarlet Robin

1.15

4.

Australian Magpies

3.15

5.

Western Gerygone

1.04

6.

Laughing Kookaburras

2.20

7.

Eastern Rosellas

1.04

 

The Living Outback

 

8.

Redthroat

3.47

9.

Pied Honeyeaters and Rufous Songlark

2.24

10.

Chestnut-rumped Thornbills

4.56

11.

Pied Butcherbird

3.18

12.

Variegated Fairy-wrens

1.03

13.

Singing Honeyeaters

1.38

14.

Zebra Finches

0.35

 

In The Tropical North

 

15.

Grey Whistler and Spangled Drongo

2.46

16.

Yellow Oriole

1.35

17.

Scarlet Honeyeaters

2.20

18.

Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike

0.52

 

Ancient Rainforests of Gondwana

 

19.

Silvereye

3.11

20.

Bell Miners (Bellbirds)

3.58

21.

Golden Whistler

1.51

22.

Superb Lyrebird

4.15

 

Coastal Mangroves - The Secret Forests

 

23.

Large-billed Gerygone

2.21

24.

Mangrove Robin

1.17

 

Dry Watercourses and Red-rock Gorges

 

25.

Willy Wagtail and Weebills

1.51

26.

Australian Ravens

1.33

 

A Mysterious Land

 

27.

Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters at dawn

5.25

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