Australia’s Rainforest Birds | BirdNote



Australia’s Rainforest Birds

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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The rainforests of Jap and Northeastern Australia are remoted from all different rainforests on earth. In consequence, they harbor many species of birds discovered nearly nowhere else. [, 0.02-.05]  

The Jap Whipbird hangs out within the dense understory. It’s darkish, crested, 10 inches lengthy — and extra usually heard than seen. Like its neighbor, the Noticed Catbird, that’s practically a foot lengthy and emerald-green with white spots. [, 0.37-.42] 

Simpler to put eyes on is the big, pigeon-like Wompoo Fruit-Dove, perching excessive in a tree, gulping down small fruits. Feathered in a surprising mixture of inexperienced, purple, and yellow, this chook is clearly named for its voice. [, 0.37-.38] It additionally calls New Guinea house.

Whereas pig-like grunting on the forest ground tells us we’re within the firm of the biggest chook on the continent — the Southern Cassowary.

On common, the feminine weighs 130 kilos and stands round 5 toes tall, trying like an enormous, lush, black hairpiece on thick legs.

A helmet known as a casque makes it look as very similar to a dinosaur as any dwelling chook. Test our web site for a photograph.
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For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.


Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York: Jap Whipbird [193295] recorded by David A McCartt;  Noticed Catbird [189064] recorded by Cedar A Mathers-Winn; Wompoo Fruit-Dove [202015] recorded by Emma I Greig.
Southern Cassowary recorded by Marc Anderson, sourced from  
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
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© 2016 Tune In to        March 2018/2022         Narrator: Mary McCann

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