14-20 November 2011
Click on images for larger versions
Amazing Songster of the Sandstone
Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla woodwardi), Family Colluricinclidae
Credit & Copyright:
Bruce G. Marcot, Ph.D.
Explanation: Enjoy this beautiful, haunting, a capella birdsong, filling the canyons of this remote corner of Kakadu National Park, Australia.
This is a Sandstone Shrike-thrush, a denizen of these rocky towers, and endemic to the Kimberley Mountains of Western Australia and the "Top End" portion of Northern Territory.
According to an information sign at this site, another name for Sandstone Shrike-thrush, in the local language-group Jawoyn, is Marlampirrppirr. Say that name out loud after playing this week's video, and you'll see how the name mimics the song itself.
how many different phrases you can recognize in its song! This is one
Next week's picture: Sea Rise, Forest Decline
< Previous ... | Archive | Index | Location | Search | About EPOW | ... Next >
Author & Webmaster: Dr.
Bruce G. Marcot, Tom Bruce
Disclaimers and Legal Statements
Original material on Ecology Picture of the Week © Bruce G. Marcot
Member Theme of Taos-Telecommunity