Birdcall morning

The birdcall in the image and sound above is one that I recorded in The Grampians early this year. I don’t know what species it belongs to, and I haven’t yet figured out how to use a search engine to study a sound file and tell me what bird it is. I’m sure before too long I will be joining a birding club and socialising with people who can assist me directly in such matters.

I think the bird in this recording is with chicks, and is calling out for its partner but is getting no response. I’ve listened to this recording many times and couldn’t escape the feeling that it had been abandoned, and the final two minutes are what it sounds like when a bird is pining for its lover. Then I recalled a longtime favorite song of mine by Joe Walsh–Birdcall Morning. The crescendo and climax of this song bear a remarkable, if metaphorical, similarity. Maybe it is not so much a pining, but is simply saying, “Please come home and look after the kids for a bit. Set me free.”

5 responses

    • A seasoned birder on Twitter, Lorne Johnson, identified it for me as a Rufous Whistler. They are said to be monogamous and both sexes care for the young, so maybe my interpretation of the call is feasible! Could also be a form echolocation I’m thinking. Thanks, John.

  1. It is possible to understand language across species, not as easy as pie, takes focus, concentration, stillness, an open mind. At least with bigger animals body language is clear, but with birds it is so much about their song, their voices and calls. I listen to them every day because they swarm at the feeders from dawn til dusk, they’re into 2 suet cakes per day now it’s summer! I hear them calling out to each other “Hey we’ve got peanuts ‘n lard here! C’mon, c’mon! Let’s get a gullet full for the kids. c’mon get the family over here” and then they come and it’s “hey that’s my peanut get your little beak offa it”

    • I think birdcalls are an essential language that should be taught at primary school. I was just thinking, it is interesting that the Star Trek world builders didn’t build bird language into the universal translator. The only thing birds would be good for in Star Trek would be to produce chemicals that can cure illnesses.

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