Little Troublemaker - Cuckoo Invasion
At this time of year, we’re just about hearing the last of the unmistakeable haunting cry of the Channel-billed Cuckoo, a strangled gargling call which seems to carry for kilometres.
Although they are not strictly nocturnal birds, their all night calling during the breeding season keeps everyone awake! But their chicks have now fledged and breeding has finished for the year, so it’s time for these migratory birds to leave Australia for the warmer climes of New Guinea and Indonesia.
Ding Dong, Crested Bellbird Visiting
Next time you go for a walk near some low shrubs and hear something chuckling ‘chuck-a-chuck-chuck’ in the grass, don’t be worried.
Have a look around and see if you can spot the illusive trickster, the Crested Bellbird. This bird loves Australia’s arid and semi-arid regions.
Springtime is Golden
Now that the sun is warming up the garden, a superb songbird will be warming up his vocal chords. Springtime is the male Golden Whistler’s time to shine as he sings his little heart out. So make the most of his ode to the sun this month.
The Golden Whistler has several different songs up its wing, which can be heard all the way from Queensland right the way round to Western Australia. One of their common calls sounds like 'we-we-we-tu-whit'.
A Very Clucky Visitor is Nesting in a Bucket!
One of Australia’s most beautiful songbirds may be calling around your area right now.
The Grey Shrike-thrush, also known as a Grey Thrush or a Joe Wicky in Tasmania, has a beautifully clear and melodious, rhythmic song.
A Stunning Song to Brighten Up Winter
Now that it’s July, you can start looking out and listening for a lovely winter treat - the Jacky Winter.
This bird’s rapid ‘chwit-chwit-chwit-chwit-peter-peterpeter’ can be heard clearly from quite a distance.
Lookout for Loved Up Singing Honeyeaters
From mid year to the end of summer, you may find a Singing Honeyeater in the mood for love in your garden, park or local bushland. These gorgeous birds breed from July to February each year, so you may soon have chicks near you.
Keep an eye out for these birds near water sources such as creeks, drainage channels, and swamplands, though they are also common quite close to the city in Perth.