The Australian Top 40...................Bird Songs

Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:08 am

follow the link above for the bird songs

Top 40 bird songs

Pied Currawong

Our 'Top 40 Chart' lists the most curious or distinctive bird calls in urban areas (mostly around Sydney), based on common enquiries to the Australian Museum.

Why do birds make sound?

Many species of bird are more often heard than seen. Most birds have some kind of sound-making ability and they vocalise for a variety of reasons, including:

advertising territories
attracting a mate
deterring predators
making alarm calls
How do they do it?

Birds generate sounds from a structure called the 'syrinx', which is located at the junction of the two bronchi (air passages) in the respiratory tract (breathing organs). The syrinx is controlled by pairs of muscles. Generally, bird species with more muscle-pairs produce more complex calls. The songbirds, also know as passerines (of the order Passeriformes), possess between four and nine of these muscle pairs and make the longest and most elaborate calls.
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Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:14 am
Now you've really confused my cat, djjd!
You should see the look on her face. Laughing

But I think the songs are really lovely! Smile
Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:16 am
confused a cat, check that off my bucket list Very Happy

it's a pretty cool site
Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:18 am
It certainly is! Wonderful.
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Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:30 am
Hello djjd62. Great link.
The common Koel,...beautiful,...Number two, the Channel billed Cukoo,..sounded like a raving lunatic. Southern Boobook,.mellow. Four, Tawny Frogmouth reminded me of a telephones busy signal.,..and the fifth, Butcherbird,....an elfs laughter,...I am assuming.
Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:32 am
I think my favourite is the magpie's song. Nothing like the sound of a maggie warbling away on a still morning morning. Smile


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Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:34 am
About to check out the Channel billed Cuckoo, on your recommendation, alex. Wink
Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 07:36 am
I see what you mean! A pretty excitable bird, obviously! Razz
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