Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby Nicoleb » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:40 pm

Did you figure out what it was? I have been hearing something similar! Short sharp eow noises!
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby Ian Southey » Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:37 pm

Go back to the Morepork. Although you think otherwise it is a very good description of a call they sometimes give and doesn't fit anything else.

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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby robynt » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:22 pm

Hi there. I too was perplexed by a night time call and headed to the internet to try and find the owner. I luckily found mine to be a morepork with a high pitched scream. I never knew they made this noise. Have you tried http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/morepork and tried listening to their mewing sound or the cree sound?

Hope this helps.
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby The Laird » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:57 am

Are there any Peafowl around. I dont know about them calling at night though. Have a listen: http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/peafowl#bird-sounds. Have you the little German Owl that far north?
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby Oscar Thomas » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:56 pm

Since this thread was bought back up, don't long tailed cuckoo sometimes call at night?
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby Davidthomas » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:28 am

They certainly do Oscar, I have heard them calling at 3am in the morning on a dark night. Although I imagine it would be more prolific during the full moon when it's lighter.
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby Amber Calman » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:49 am

I get them at night a fair bit, really cool noise.
Seem to hear them at any time of night or day, though not anymore so I think they may have left.
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby Weka1 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:19 am

I'm running with Morepork. 'Eow' is a good description of one of their calls. We have a pair around all year and probably a juvenile right now too. I hear them call 'eoww', often repeated, along with their 'mor, mor' call, as well as their 'scree' screech, and of course the traditional 'morepork'.

As an aside. Some years ago I was hearing, at dusk, a weird high pitched scream. Possibly a rat being killed I thought. However over a number of days an unusual number of rats seemed to be dying. Investigating further I voyeuristically observed a pair of morepork copulating. One of these birds, I do not know which, gave this unearthly scream during copulation. I have never read of this being observed before and it is yet another unlikely morepork call.

Along with kiwi and weka calling around the house, nights can be pleasingly noisy!
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby Kiwiwinz » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:42 pm

It maybe a little german owl?
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Re: Unknown Bird Sound (At Night)

Postby kengeorge » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:35 am

Do you hear the sound on nights with even a little bit of wind, but not on still nights? Tree branches rubbing together can make all sorts of squeaking and groaning noises.........just a suggestion.

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