Australia’s Rainforest Birds
Written by Bob Sundstrom
That is BirdNote.
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. [http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/193295, 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. [http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/202015, 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. [http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/202015, 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.
[http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Casuarius-casuarius, first recording in list]
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  recorded by David A McCartt; Noticed Catbird  recorded by Cedar A Mathers-Winn; Wompoo Fruit-Dove  recorded by Emma I Greig.
Southern Cassowary recorded by Marc Anderson, sourced from http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Casuarius-casuarius
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