We recently received an email from a listener asking whether we had any recordings of Pied Butcherbirds from ‘up north’.
These wonderful Australian songbirds occur almost throughout the country, and in broad regions such as the outback, the south-west or the far north, their songs are subtly different.
Personally, I feel the Pied Butcherbirds from the outback sing the most melodiously, and recordings of them have appeared on several of our albums, notably Spirit of the Outback.
However our listener wrote: “Where I live now in the northern suburbs of Perth, the Pied Butcherbird sings a very different song. You can still hear what bird it is, but the song I love so much of their northern cousins just isn’t there.
So, I dug around in our audio library and found this recording made in a suburb of Darwin at dawn. As well as the Pied Butcherbird going through his repertoire, you’ll hear house geckos ‘chapping’, the distant calls of a Koel Cuckoo, and at one point, a domestic Peacock!
You may download this audio file by clicking on the arrow link in the player. Enjoy!
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