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Macgregor's Bowerbird -- Amblyornis macgregoriae
Ribbon-tailed Astrapia -- Astrapia mayeri
Papuan Lorikeet -- Charmosyna papou
Little Shrikethrush -- Colluricincla megarhyncha
Black-bellied Cicadabird -- Edolisoma montanum
Mountain Mouse-Warbler -- Crateroscelis robusta
Ashy Robin -- Heteromyias albispecularis
Blue-capped Ifrita -- Ifrita kowaldi
Belford's Melidectes -- Melidectes belfordi
Orange-billed Lorikeet -- Neopsittacus pullicauda
Plum-faced Lorikeet -- Oreopsittacus arfaki
Australian Logrunner -- Orthonyx temminckii
Rufous-naped Bellbird -- Aleadryas rufinucha
Regent Whistler -- Pachycephala schlegelii
Modest Tiger-Parrot -- Psittacella modesta
King-of-Saxony Bird-of-Paradise -- Pteridophora alberti
Ornate Fruit-Dove -- Ptilinopus ornatus
White-breasted Fruit-Dove -- Ptilinopus rivoli
Friendly Fantail -- Rhipidura albolimbata
Black Fantail -- Rhipidura atra
Large Scrubwren -- Sericornis nouhuysi
Papuan Scrubwren -- Sericornis papuensis

Eleanor D Brown
20 Sep 1998 at 06:05

    Geography
  • Papua New Guinea
    Southern Highlands
    Locality
  • 5.0 km N of Tari; Benson Spot
    Elevation
  • 2800 meters
No locations found with lat/long
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
    Bit Depth
    Recorders
  • PANASONIC SV 255
    Microphones
  • Sennheiser MKH 20
  • Sennheiser MKH 30
    Accessories
    Equipment Note

The break between the two sections came when the recordist turned the recorder off, then on again because of on approaching helicopter.

Notes on paper. The numbers in parentheses are recordist's DAT recorder counter numbers and do not represent absolute times in the archived recording.
(0-190's - 290s) frequently repeated song in background "ta-cheeba cheeba cheeba ta-cheeba cheeba cheeba" rapid, descending, high pitch = Black Fantail.
(6-8) clear whipping whestling song in background, Regent Whistler.
(45) tiny parrot chirps - Plum-faced lorikeet, I think.
(68-70's) clear high whistly, repeated rapidly ?probably a whistler, rufous-naped.
(103 - 140's) rolling rollicking song in foreground by 2 birds; medium-range frequency, squeaky sounding = duet of Blue-capped Ifrita.
(108) tiny parrot screeches = lorikeet, plum-faced I think.
(130's) "kweek? ka kweek?" plaintive sounding nasal noise = Belford's Melidectes in background.
(154-157) coo series - "woo-woo-woo-woo woo woo" same frequency, accelerating tempo = Ornate Fruit Dove. Single "woo" notes = White-breasted fruit dove.
(170's) duet of Ifritas - squeaky, loud, rollicking duet.
(181) 2 up-sweeps and tremolo downsweep in background = Mountain Mouse-warbler.
(198) "plaintive-sounding" series of harmonic upsweeps - medium range - not very melodious = Belford's Melidectes.
(202-206) Melidectes continues - squeaky sounding, almost.
(210) coo series - same frequency, accelerating = Ornate Fruit Dove.
(230's -245) "whe-oo whee-o" clear tone, repetitive, whistly song, high pitch; "too-weet too-weet too-weet" = Rufous-naped Whistler.
(240's) rollicking duet of Blue capped Ifritas.
(245 - 260's) "to-weet to-weet cheery cheery cheery" repeated many times = Whistler - Rufous-naped Whistler I think.
(268-270) rustling shaking noise = Ribbon-tailed Astrapia in flight.
(297-299) rustling shaking noise, like stiff taffeta k-k-k-k-k. The 2 long white ribbon tail plumes
(3ft long) streaming behind during flight. It lands in fruiting trees overhead. = Ribbon-tailed Astrapia.
(305) "to-weet to-weet to-weet clear whistled upsweeps, many repetitions = Rufous-naped Whistler. There are Ifritas almost continuously in background - pair contact sounds.
318) k-k-k-k-k-k rustling noise = flight of Ribbon-tail Astrapia.
(331) "kweek? ah" "questioning" sound, "plaintive", *very* loud notes = Belford's Melidectes.
(340's) smaller noises, tonal, mid-frequency = Blue-capped Ifrita pair foraging together - continuous noise [throughout the recording].
(350-353) "tseep" chirps, high pitched = Papuan Lorikeet I think.
(380's) single "woo" "woo" in background at intervals = White-breasted Fruit Dove.
(384 - 386, and into 390's) small noises escalate in to the "rollicking" duet "wah? ka-choo wah? ka-choo wah? ka-choo" = Blue-capped Ifrita.
(393) 2 clear notes, then trill; close, overloads = Mountain Mouse Warbler.
(400's) duet of Ifritas continues "wah? ka-choo wah? ka-choo".
(404-6) several loud, "plaintive" notes - upsweeps and downsweeps = Belford's Melidectes.
(410) little whistled song **close** = Mountain mouse warbler.
(417) loud, "questioning" upsweeps, plaintive = Belford's Melidectes.
(430's) Ifrita duet continuing.
(440) k-k-k-k-k shaking of taffeta sound = flight of Ribbon-tailed Astrapia feeding on fruit above.
(448) contact sounds "wah ka-choo" repeated = Blue-capped Ifrita pair.
(478) woo series - not descending = Ornate Fruit Dove.
(496) woo series - descending at end = White breasted fruit dove.
(500) k-k-k-k-k taffeta shaking = Ribbon-tailed Astrapia flying.
(503) tiny parrot screeches - *very* high pitch, flying over = prob. Plum-faced Lorikeet.
(506-8) harsh, repetitive rhythmic - in background "kachow kachow kachow" = King of Saxony Bird of Paradise.
(520's) contact noises of Blue-capped Ifrita continuous. **Distant motor of helicopter approaching at distance
(actually starts about 445) .
(565) high-pitched little screeches = lorikeets. Either plum-faced
(I think yes) or orange-billed.
(580) plaintive upsweeps in background = Belford's Melidectes.
(593) k-k-k-k-k-k = flight of Ribbon-tail Astrapia.
(618) more Belford's Melidectes in background.
(641) Chopper is closer
(655) medium frequency plaintive, loud song in background = Belford's Melidectes.
(690-703) Chopper coming overhead. I stopped briefly to stop overload.
714) harsh, medium freq. rhythmic, repetitive = 3-4 King of Saxony Bird of Paradise in background.
(795) "woo-woo-woo--- " series accellerating, *not* descending = Ornate Fruit Dove.
(799) k-k-k-k-k-k taffeta-shaking sound, rustling = flight of Ribbon-tailed Astrapia.
(800) little "ch-ch" harsh chiping noises = Sericornis sp. Scrub-wrens
(Acanthizidae) -foraging in undergrowth. *quiet after chopper!
818) "ka-kweek-kweek ka-kweek-kweek" loud up and down song in background, "plaintive" = Belford's Melidectes.
822) medium-pitched rhythmic repetitive notes - several in background; *not* clear and melodious = King of Saxony Bird of Paradise.
(832) "ka-chew ka-chew" Blue-capped Ifrita noises continue.
(841) chirps - loudly as lorikeets fly overhead = Papuan Lorikeet for sure.
(852) "un-rah un-rah un-rah" low-pitched loud grunting call = Ribbon-tailed Astrapia. then continuing duet of Blue-capped Ifritas.
870's) slight clattering noise = pandanus fronds swaying.
(887) k-k-k-k-k taffeta rustling = flight of Ribbon-tail.
(890-892) clear upslur, tremolo downslur in background = Mountain Mouse Warbler.
(940's) Blue-capped Ifrita duet/contact sounds continuous.
(963) lorikeet chirps - loudly again = Papuan Lorikeet. Rolling melodious song of Regent Whistler can be heard in background.
(995-1030's) tiny little parrot screeches and chirps-so high as to be almost insect-like = Plum-faced Lorikeet for sure.
1080's) tiny parrot screeches continue - Plum-faced Lorikeet.
1087) harsh, rhythmic, repetitive several notes, quite loud = King of Saxony Bird of Paradise.
(1095) more lorikeet chirps - these may be orange-billed?
(1110) Blue-capped Ifritas continuous.
1121) Lorikeets very loud - Papuan, I think.
(1133) phrases of Belford's Melidectes in background.
(1150-1165) monotonous pure little whistle, repeated = Ashy robin.
1160's) more lorikeet chirps of various sorts - flying overhead. - Orange-billed, I think.
1200's) pure notes, accelerating = Ashy Robin.
(1225) lots of lorikeet chirps - some orange-billed.
(1244) Ribbon-tailed Astrapia in flight: k-k-k-k-k.
1270's-80's) "chip-chip-chip tuok twok twok" repeated many times in far background = Regent Whistler.
1300's) "peer pee-r peer" - clear, tonal in background = Rufous-naped Whistler.
(1330's) small scolding and chuffing buzzy noises = Acanthiziddae foraging in shrubby undergrowth
(somewhat continuous) . Buzzy song is Large scrubwren I think.
1370-80) harsh, rhythmic repetitive in far away background = King of Saxony Bird of Paradise.
(1397) coo series - *not* descending = Ornate Fruit Dove.
(1410-1415) harsh "scolding" repetitive sound = Belford's Melidectes.
1424) distant harsh rhythmic King of Saxony. also Belford's Melidectes "plaintive" in background.
1466) little scoldings and scufflings in foreground - Acanthizidae foraging - scrub wrens
(probably Papuan Scrubwrens and Large Scrubwrens) and mousewarblers.
1533-1550's) tonal, plaintive song, variable, in background = Belford's Melidectes.
1565) "tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee zoop" buzzy little song = probably Large Scrub-wren. Not sure whether this is Large or Papuan.
1580's) more lorikeet - prob plum-faced
1587) little noises - scrubwrens foraging and occasional song.
1603-1658) single, mournful whistles in *far* background
(at intervals) = maybe MacGregor's Bowerbird.
1614) k-k-k-k-k tafetta shaking = flight of Ribbon-tail Astrapia.
1651) more tafetta shaking Ribbon-tail flying.
1653) "wrow-wrow-wrow" - far away, repetitive, hoarse = King of Saxony Bird of Paradise.
(1660's, 1683) clear drawn-out whistles in background; slightly mournful, ringing quality = Little Shrike Thrush.
1689) single ringing clear mournful whistle = Little Shrike Thrush.
(1698) 3 ascending whistles = must be Little Shrike Thrush.
(1703, 1710) ) ringing clear whistles at intervals in background. minor key = Little Shrike Thrush.
1716) "pee-oo pee-oo" = a whistler.
(1719-1727) ringing, clear, slow whistles = continued Little Shrike Thrush.
1728-1730) harsh "scolding" noise in foreground = Belford's Melidectes.
(1750) ringing whistle of Little Shrike thrush. Also small noises of foraging scrubwrens.
(1753) loud, variable song of Belford's Melidectes.
(1770's) scrubwrens - contact noises and occasional songs in foreground.
1778) k-k-k-k-k tafetta shaking = Ribbon-tailed Astrapia flying overhead.
1786) "kwink?kwink?" plaintive, "questioning", loud. = Belford's Melidectes.
(1789) harsh, repetitive rhythmic, fairly close - another answers = King of Saxony Bird of Paradise.
(1793) k-k-k-k-k = Ribbon-tailed Astrapia - almost directly overhead.
1799) "kwink?kwa kwink?kwa" very loud, plaintive = Belford's Melidectes.
(1800's) single "woo"s, frequently in background = mostly White-breasted Fruit Dove.
(1820's) 3 clear ascending notes = Little Shrike Thrush.
(1825) k-k-k-k-k very close flight of Ribbon-tailed Astrapia.
(1835) tiny chirps - lorikeets flyover = Orange-billed Lorikeets.
1839) 3 clear ascending whistles - Little Shrike Thrush.
(1847) clear whistle, ringing upsweep = Little Shrike Thrush.
1955) 3 clear ascending whistles = Little Shrike Thrush.
(1858) variable, plaintive song *loud* = Belford's Melidectes.
1875) 3 clear ascending whistles = Little Shrike Thrush. Also - constant little rustlings and contact noises of the acanthizids foraging in shrubby undergrowth near the microphone.
(1879-1885 - 1903) "peer peer peer" clear downsweeps in middle distance = Black-bellied cuckoo-shrike.
1910-) "whit whit whit" clear whistled upsweeps - very close, *very* loud. = Rufous-naped Whistler.
(1920's) rapid "whit-whit-whit whee-oo whee-oo pee-oo" very loud, some of it overloads = Rufous-naped Whistler.
1944) "re-ow re-ow re-ow" tonal, repeated, slightly mewing sound, at intervals = Modest Tiger Parrot.
(1950) k-k-k-k-k-k = Ribbon-tailed Astrapia flying.
1970...1984) "woo" coo series - accelerating, not descending = Ornate Fruit Dove.
1960's-1989) "re, re-ow re, re-ow re, re oo" = Modest Tiger Parrot.
2004) ringing whistles, very clear, loud, upsweeping = Little Shrike Thrush. wings flying
2013) 3 clear ascending notes
(overloaded) = Little Shrike Thrush.
2020) ringing clear whistle, upsweeping
(overloaded) = Little Shrike Thrush.
2025) "re-oo re-oo re-oo" "mewing" sound at intervals = Modest Tiger Parrot.
(2047) Blue-capped Ifrita duet in background.
(2070's) "tlink-tlink-tlink-tlink whee-whee-whee" first rapid, then more measured. repeated numerous times = Regent Whistler.
2087) 3 clear whistles in background, the first is long whistle = Little Shrike Thrush.
(2090) "re-oo" mewing notes in background = Modest Tiger Parrot.
2090's) squeaky rollicking song - duet - in foreground = Blue-capped Ifrita.
(2101-2105) tonal rapid, in foreground = Rufous-naped Whistler.
(2108) coos - woo series, accelerating, not descending = Ornate Fruit Dove.
(2125) loud plaintive variable phrase = Belford's Melidectes.
(2135-2150's) squeaky rollicking song, duet - in foreground, then contact sounds = Blue-capped Ifrita.
(2170's) "peoo pe-oo peoo" whistled songs = Rufous-naped Whistler.
2185) wings and fluttering , little noises of foraging scrubwrens.
(2220) loud, plaintive, variable song, loud = Belford's Melidectes.
2225) harsh rhythmic repetitive, loud = King of Saxony.
(2270's) Blue-capped Ifrita duet in background.
(2290's) deep "chuff, chuff" far away - not sure - could be bowerbird or a bird of paradise.
(2314) "chuff-chuff-chuff" far away continues.
(2320's-2330's) "teer teer teer ch-ch-ch" first clear, then harsh = duet of Black-bellied Cuckoo shrike.
2340's-2350's) soft ascending whistled notes in 3's, minor key, in background = Ashy Robin.
2390's) deep "barking" chuffing in background - ?a bird of paradise or bowerbird? Crested b.o.p is around today
(seen nearby) Cnemophilus macgregoriae. We are also within range of Archbol's Bowerbird, Archboldia papuensis.
2400's) several sets of descending whistled notes = unidentified.
2420's) Some Blue-capped Ifrita. A phrase by Belford's Melidectes. some scrubwren.
(2433-2450's) duet of Blue-capped Ifrita in foreground.
2460-) buzzy little song, repeated = a scrubwren - ?Large Scrubwren.
2490's, 2500's) little che-che-che noises in foreground = Mountain Mouse-warbler? Acanthizidae foraging.
(2520's) the more tonal "questioning" sounds are Ifrita contact noises.
(2560) Ifrita duet - squeaky and rollicking.
(2584) harsh, rhythmic repetitive = King of Saxony.
2613) "tse tse tse" another little buzzy song = Papuan Scrubwren, pretty sure.
2640's) see-saw song in background = Black-bellied Cuckoo-shrike duet.
(2680) King of Saxony far away.
(2686) "kweek? ah" loud = Belford's Melidectes.
2700) monotone, weak whistled notes = Ashy Robin.
2753) "rar-rar-rar" scolding = Papuan Scrubwren.
2771) very faint tiny notes, sweet little whistles = Friendly Fantail.
2790's) monotone whistled series, repeated in background = Ashy Robin.
2800's) continuous little "whick" noises of foraging Acanthizidae.
2863) "woo" coo series, descending in pitch = White-breasted Fruit Dove.
(2900's) 5-note whistled song, minor key, the first note is a long high intro note. Many repeats in background = logrunner.
2919) low-intensity in background = King of Saxony.
(2935) harsh rhythmic repetitive, loud in foreground = King of Saxony.
(2950's) various whistled songs in background, logrunner, etc.
2965) repetitive King of Saxony.
2992-2990's) loud, plaintive questioning notes = Belford's Melidectes.
3040's) monotone whistled notes, bell-like = Ashy Robin.
3092) King of Saxony in distance.
(3090's) duet - black-bellied cuckoo shrike in distance.
3100's) various small noises of foraging little brown birds nearby. Pretty quiet.
(3152) little soft whistled song = Friendly Fantail, I think.

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