Pheasant by Julian Bhalerao
Australian Bird Calls - South-western

Australian Bird Calls - South-western

David Stewart

The south-western region of Australia (bounded by Geraldton in the north to Albany in the south) has a wide range of habitats from wet forests to dry scrubland. Accordingly, the range of bird species is quite diverse. This region includes 17 endemic species, and a feature of this CD is a range of calls for this unique group. Some of these do occur in South Australia as far east as Eyre Peninsula. Birds that are difficult to see such as Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird and Western Whipbird have loud ear catching songs. Other unique birds to this region such as Carnaby's and Baudin's Black-Cockatoos, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted and Red-winged Fairy-wrens, Western Thornbill, Western Wattlebird, Western Spinebill, Western and White-breasted Robins and Red-eared Firetail are also included. Calls of many of the more common birds are also part of the overall presentation. Where possible, a range of calls of each species is presented. This allows the listener to become aware of the repertoire of sounds many of the birds possess, particularly songbirds.

This CD has no music or spoken commentary. The natural calls of the birds of this region can be appreciated both as a source of pleasant sounds, or as a well documented reference source of many of south-western Australia's bird species. A list of the species, with call description and behaviour notes, can be found inside the cover. For those people with a particular interest in any of the calls, further information can be obtained from the author. This is another CD in the Australian Bird Call series and contains calls of 79 species.

Birds Australia, the largest bird organisation in the country, endorses and recommends this CD to anybody interested in enjoying and knowing the calls of many of Australia's wonderful birds found in the temperate south-western region of Australia. 74 min.

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Common NameScientific Name
Black SwanCygnus atratus
Australian ShelduckTadorna tadornoides
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Laughing Turtle-DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
Brush BronzewingPhaps elegans
Purple-crowned LorikeetGlossopsitta porphyrocephala
Long-billed Black-CockatooCalyptorhynchus baudinii
Short-billed Black-CockatooCalyptorhynchus latirostris
Red-tailed Black-CockatooCalyptorhynchus banksii
Western Long-billed CorellaCacatua pastinator
Regent ParrotPolytelis anthopeplus
Red-capped ParrotPurpureicephalus spurius
Australian RingneckBarnardius zonarius
Western RosellaPlatycercus icterotis
Elegant ParrotNeophema elegans
Rock ParrotNeophema petrophila
Fan-tailed Brush-CuckooCacomantis flabelliformis
Shining Bronze-CuckooChalcites lucidus
Southern BoobookNinox boobook
Tawny FrogmouthPodargus strigoides
New Zealand PipitAnthus novaeseelandiae
Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Western WhipbirdPsophodes nigrogularis
White-browed BabblerPomatostomus superciliosus
Brown SonglarkCincloramphus cruralis
Splendid FairywrenMalurus splendens
Blue-breasted FairywrenMalurus pulcherrimus
Red-winged FairywrenMalurus elegans
Southern EmuwrenStipiturus malachurus
Western BristlebirdDasyornis longirostris
White-browed SericornisSericornis frontalis
RedthroatPyrrholaemus brunneus
Rufous CalamanthusCalamanthus campestris
Shy HylacolaHylacola cautus
Western ThornbillAcanthiza inornata
Common NameScientific Name
Broad-tailed ThornbillAcanthiza apicalis
Yellow-rumped ThornbillAcanthiza chrysorrhoa
Brown WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
Western GerygoneGerygone fusca
Varied SittellaNeositta chrysoptera
Noisy ScrubbirdAtrichornis clamosus
Restless FlycatcherMyiagra inquieta
Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa
Jacky WinterMicroeca fascinans
Scarlet RobinPetroica boodang
Red-capped RobinPetroica goodenovii
Western Yellow RobinEopsaltria griseogularis
White-breasted RobinEopsaltria georgiana
Southern Scrub-RobinDrymodes brunneopygia
Western Shrike-TitFalcunculus leucogaster
Common Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
Grey Shrike-ThrushColluricincla harmonica
Rufous TreecreeperClimacteris rufa
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Spotted PardalotePardalotus punctatus
Striated PardalotePardalotus substriatus
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Singing HoneyeaterLichenostomus virescens
Yellow-plumed HoneyeaterLichenostomus ornatus
White-eared HoneyeaterLichenostomus leucotis
Brown-headed HoneyeaterMelithreptus brevirostris
White-naped HoneyeaterMelithreptus lunatus
Tawny-crowned HoneyeaterGlyciphila melanops
New Holland HoneyeaterPhylidonyris novaehollandiae
White-cheeked HoneyeaterPhylidonyris nigra
Western SpinebillAcanthorhynchus superciliosus
Yellow-throated MinerManorina flavigula
Western WattlebirdAnthochaera lunulata
Red WattlebirdAnthochaera carunculata
Common NameScientific Name
Magpie-LarkGrallina cyanoleuca
Black-faced WoodswallowArtamus cinereus
Dusky WoodswallowArtamus cyanopterus
Australasian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Grey CurrawongStrepera versicolor
Australian RavenCorvus coronoides
Red-eared FiretailStagonopleura oculata

Disclaimer The species list above is in systematic order, the taxonomy and nomenclature of which generally follows the Wells World Birds list on Birder's Diary v3.0 (courtesy of Thayer Software:, with adaptations by WildSounds.
The Wells World Birds list is based on a classification created by Mic Wells.
Please note that the above list may not be in the same order or be a full and accurate representation of the species on the title concerned. We take due care to ensure the accuracy of the list, but should you find any errors, please notify us.

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