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Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 13:24   #1
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Bird song from Italy

Wondering if anyone recognises this song from Italy heard this morning. Thanks, Paul
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Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 13:43   #2
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Used to be a saying, " If you cannot identify it, it will be a Great Tit." What was the habitat?
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Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 13:47   #3
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Sounds vaguely familiar but I can't place it just at the mo - but pretty sure for once, it isn't a Great Tit
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Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 13:50   #4
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Sounds like a Locustella in the background, though the season is quite late.
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Sounds like a Locustella in the background, though the season is quite late.
Think that's machinery, rather than a Locustella!
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It was in woodland with dense undergrowth. My friend who asked about it said he was got very close to where it was calling and still couldn't see it.
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Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 13:57   #7
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Nasty fear I've remembered what it reminds me of . . . but if it is, it's an escape, and I've never heard of them in captivity. Or was the recording made in USA and you've mis-remembered where it's from??? Uncanny similarity if not . . .

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Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 14:02   #8
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A friend of mine recorded it this morning in fabriano and sent me the recording via whatsapp. My first thought was Common Bulbul but they don't occur in Italy and the quality of the note doesn't quite match
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He has just told me that he thinks it must be quite common and there are several calling like this.
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Is it the area in Italy where feral Red-billed Leiothrix occurs?

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Sounds a bit like leiothrix to me
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No idea, didn't know Leiothrix lutea was in Italy. Will check it out.
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Old Friday 26th July 2019, 09:26   #13
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It actually IS a Leiothrix call...!

Red-billed Leiothrix is considered naturalized in Italy and included in our national checklist since many years, mostly in Toscana, Veneto and Liguria but currently spreading...

This record does not surprise me much: where is present, this species is actually pretty bold and easy to be seen and, especially, heard, often in little flocks!

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Common Bulbul has only just bred for the first time on the European mainland at Tarifa, Gibraltar, in the last few years and considering how near they breed, about 8 miles away at Tangier it shows how sedentary the species is.

I only mention it because it is nice to be aware of the breeding status of species when considering calling birds Actually i did not know there were a coupla pairs breeding around the town ramparts at Tarifa and scratched my head because i knew it was Common Bulbul as i was familiar with them in Morocco then a singing bird appeared and the rest as they say.....

I don’t know what the current nuumbers are but i should imagine an annual increase.

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