Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Green Catbird

Green Catbird 
Ailuroedus crassirostris
Getting a visit from this bird is a bit of a rarity as it usually stays fairly close to the local rainforest habitat. Perhaps it was on a foraging expedition to some nearby fruit trees. What alerted me to its presence was the extraordinary loud harsh noise it was making while having a bit of an altercation with a wattlebird which did not like having it in its territory. It gets its name from the typical yowling cat sound it makes but the sound from this bird was much more guttural and plaintive.
2017 update: Recently came visiting after berries from the night scented jasmine Cestrum nocturnum. What a racket it made early in the morning.

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