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Eleanor D. Brown
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5.0 km N of Tari; Benson Spot
Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
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Subtitle: Dawn chorus. 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 appr

Background Species

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

Technical Information

Sennheiser MKH 20; Sennheiser MKH 30

Archival Information

5 Jul 2002 by Martha Fischer
5 Jul 2002 by Martha Fischer
10 Apr 2015 by Brad Walker