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Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica harmonica

Description:

My first encounter with this species. Some would say the plumage of the Grey Shrike-thrush is drab, but this songbird has an extraordinary gift for ringing melody, unmatched by any other Australasian species save perhaps the two Lyrebirds and its northern relative, the Sandstone Shrike-thrush. Adult birds are mostly grey in the east, with an olive-grey back, and pale grey-white cheeks and underparts. There are 5 subspecies, all with slight plumage variations (see wiki reference link).

Habitat:

Usually found in forests and woodlands, and in this case, on the edge of a small section of subtropical rainforest near the Westcott campsite and an ancient grass bald, in Bunya Mountains National Park, southeast Queensland. Here's some info on the park - https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-...

Notes:

I found this YouTube video compilation of Grey Shrike-thrush songs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBQxs2TR... I recognise some of these songs and whistles, so next time I'll be on the lookout.

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2 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 months ago

A great name for a songbird, that's for sure.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 months ago

Harmonica hamonica... perfect name for these.

QLD, Australia

Lat: -26.86, Long: 151.57

Spotted on Sep 9, 2018
Submitted on Sep 10, 2018

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