What's making this sound?

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What's making this sound?

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Nov 17, 2022 12:25 pm

I was sent this by people at Maungatautari. Any thoughts on what it is? It almost sounds frog or insect-like to me, but could it be a strange bird?

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Re: What's making this sound?

Postby AlfieB77 » Thu Nov 17, 2022 3:23 pm

That sounds like frogs, we heard the same sound throughout the night when we were in makarora, and those were definitely frogs
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Re: What's making this sound?

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Nov 17, 2022 7:25 pm

You'd have the whistling tree frog down there. They are a bit chirpy. We only have the bell frogs around here, although people are known to move tree them around.
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Re: What's making this sound?

Postby Oscar Thomas » Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:27 pm

The call is similar to the whistling tree frog and they are in the North Island, could definitely have spread to Maungatautari by now. But it isn't an exact match, so I am not sure what it is. https://www.reptiles.org.nz/herpetofauna/non-native/litoria-ewingii
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Re: What's making this sound?

Postby David Riddell » Fri Nov 18, 2022 6:48 am

Yes, sounds like a whistling frog. Definitely neither of the large green frogs, whose calls are a lot deeper.

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