Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Annual Studies - Eastern Rosella sounds

Eastern Rosellas seem to have a large variety of sounds which they make throughout the course of a year. They seem to make more sounds than any other Parrot or Lorikeet in the area. They come second behind the Pied Butcherbird for the variety of different sounds they make.

Actually, some of the Eastern Rosella calls are hard to identify as they sometimes sound similiar to Rainbow Lorikeets. Their range of pitch can vary from a low pitch - a whisper (usually when a bird is by itself in a tree) to a loud screech-like sound (when taking flight if disturbed. They can even go higher and make trilling sounds and a whole host of other sounds and vocal patterns. Some of their sounds I can't identify as an Eastern Rosella sound until they make the typical Eastern Rosella sound. At this point in time I have not been able to identify which gender is which with these birds, even though a pair breeds and roosts within 300 metres from my front door and hang around the area all the time.

The sound files below are taken over a 12 month period, on various days. If new sounds are recorded/heard they will be added to this page when they become available. I have more sounds currently waiting to be uploaded and added to this page.

IDENTIFICATION CALL - You can usually identify most Eastern Rosella calls by the fact they often make this sound below. It seems to be the basic foundation "sound" for their entire vocalization. A Willy Wagtail sound is at the end of this clip - sorry about that.


01 April 2012 - An Eastern Rosella mimicking a Bell Miner. Sorry about the poor quality audio. I'll replace this audio as soon as I can. This mimicry only began here in 2012.


4 August 2012 - Eastern Rosellas chasing each other in and out of a tree.


5 August 2012 - A lone bird calling for it's family


14 September 2012 - A lone Eastern Rosella was at the top of a decidious tree breaking off the tips of the branches and chewing on them whilst making all these calls.


6 October 2012 - This sound was heard roughly at the beginning of the breeding season and continues months after the young have left the nest to join the rest of the family group. It is more common to hear this sound in the late afternoon and during roosting. Only one individual of the entire family group is heard making this sound.


10 October 2012


DURING THE BREEDING SEASON:
6 November 2012 - This is the sound mostly just of one Eastern Rosella possibly sitting on eggs (or feeding their chick) in their nest calling out to it's mate. The nest was in a hollow of a branch high up in a Eucalypt tree. The bird was seen preening itself on a branch after it's mate showed up and headed for the nest.


AFTER THE BREEDING SEASON WITH THEIR JUVENILE AS PART OF THE FAMILY UNIT:
8 February 2013 - A sort of Eastern Rosella rolling laughter sound. This sound is only heard, rather infrequently, not long after their offspring have left the nest and before the breeding season begins again.

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