Mysterious night time whistle..?

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Re: Mysterious night time whistle..?

Postby AngryBird45 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:30 pm

Tūīs DO imitate other birds.
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Re: Mysterious night time whistle..?

Postby Wayward Crow » Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:51 pm

Ill try to get a recording at some point.
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Re: Mysterious night time whistle..?

Postby TedHoward-Huttons » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:04 am

I'd go for skylark.
I often hear them here on the Kaikoura peninsula at night.
And sure Tui are great imitators (here's one imitating a falcon -, but unless you know you have tui nearby, suspect skylark.
The most common birds I hear at night here are spurwing plover, followed by oyster catcher.
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Re: Mysterious night time whistle..?

Postby FraserGurney » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:25 am

While Tui are great mimics, I think the bird in the youtube video is giving an alarm call rather than a falcon imitation. Not to say that they wouldn't imitate a falcon though.
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Re: Mysterious night time whistle..?

Postby philbattley » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:37 pm

How many times have you heard it? I was completely stumped with a nocturnal recording of a high-pitched whistling sound that I though might be a mustelid. It transpired it was a morepork, probably mating!


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