Singing their little hearts out
I hope that pairs of rufous whistlers have successful breeding events this year. These gorgeous small insectivorous birds are listed as “thought to be declining in the Perth region”.
The strongly marked males are singing their little hearts out in the bush in Underwood Avenue, Shenton Park, and no doubt other bush around Perth.
Graham Pizzey describes the calls in A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: “Especially when courting, the male pours out impetuous spirited song; components include a sharp ‘pliik, chik’ and a ringing, almost explosive ‘eee-chong!’, uttered singly several times before loud rippling bursts of melody; also associated is a clear penetrating ‘joey-joey-joey’, rapidly and monotonously repeated on one level 30 or more times.”
The marking of females is subtle and beautiful. The female in the photograph was having a good look and an intense listen.