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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 10:37   #1
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Wink Most Beautiful Sounding Birdsong in the World :)

I'd like to see what our global citizens reckon is the most beautiful sounding birdsong in the world ......

Post video clips, links, or sound bytes of your candidate; and play nice - strict NDA* policy applies!

Please put the name of your bird in the title - one per post. Of course you're not limited to just one entry! :)

Feel free to also quote and comment upon someone's entry - yay it, nay it, or make some other comment (but be nice! :)

Maybe we can even come up with a definitive answer ?! :)

It can be anything, but must be beautiful.
Beautiful to your ears, and it would help if others agree too ......
after all - 'A leader with no followers is just a person going for a walk by themselves!' :)




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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 10:41   #2
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Pied Butcherbird - mimicry

I will kick it off with the Pied Butcherbird.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XF50s-Pngzc


(bonus points to anyone who can identify all the birds mimicked - it's a lot more than most people would have thought .... )




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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 11:20   #3
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Phylloscopus sibilatrix

I'd go for Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix.

But why the discriminatory policy against duck heads?? Suspicions of Anatidaephobia here. I think I'll breach it, deliberately, on principle
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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 11:33   #4
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I will kick it off with the Pied Butcherbird.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XF50s-Pngzc


(bonus points to anyone who can identify all the birds mimicked - it's a lot more than most people would have thought .... )




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Oooooh… I've never heard this guy! He is really quite fascinating. What a great idea for a thread!
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I'd go for Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix.

But why the discriminatory policy against duck heads?? Suspicions of Anatidaephobia here. I think I'll breach it, deliberately, on principle
Here ya go, found one for ya... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syRKFuETIYE
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Wood Thrush

Since I don't really know much about birds that aren't from my country, I'm gonna have to go with the Wood Thrush. Now, this is probably my favorite bird *song*, but not my favorite sound.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-22ZuQyAJ4
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Wood Thrush (and many other Thrushes) are beautiful singers.

Rufous-and-white Wren has always been a favorite for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze28MKydVsQ
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The aptly named Musician Wren is another favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZVcvxmOgo
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European Blackbird : fluted...measured...melancholy...and it lifts the soul.

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Whilst I admit that Nutcrackers choice of Wood warbler is a strong contender (especially as it is getting harder to hear these days) my choice would be the Barn Swallow.

Not necessarily because it is the most melodious of songs, but simply for me it signals the start of summer and the promise of things to come. Many would argue of course that the Common Cuckoo is the traditional sign that spring has arrived, but there is just something evocative about hearing the first swallows of the year on the wing.

For the same reasons the Skylark (Alauda arvensis) gets an honourable mention but does not carry the quite same message as the swallow it is a resident species and can often be heard at other times of the year
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Veery

Hard to choose among all the thrushes... my favorite is probably Veery:

https://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/up..._ML0282250.mp3

But Hermit Thrush is a close contender:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/up...s%20Thrush.mp3
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Wow - so many beautiful birdsongs - the various thrushes that people are posting from the other side of the world almost sound like a cross between our reed warbler and a blackbird. Thanks for posting I think I am going to enjoy all these new birds and lovely sounds :)



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Wood Thrush (and many other Thrushes) are beautiful singers.

Rufous-and-white Wren has always been a favorite for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze28MKydVsQ
Lovely and delicate Thanks for opening my ears to this little beauty :)



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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 15:27   #14
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The aptly named Musician Wren is another favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZVcvxmOgo
WOW - what a truly beautiful lovely soft song
Thank you so much for posting



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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 15:59   #15
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Grey Shrike Thrush

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European Blackbird : fluted...measured...melancholy...and it lifts the soul.

Cheers
I'm sorry Ken, but I'm going to have to disagree for me personally.
Maybe I would have a different view of this bird if I grew up in one of it's native countries.

I'm probably biased against this bird since it was introduced to this country and is expansionary and displaces one of my favourite natives. For this reason, every time I hear a blackbird - it physically grates on me.

I internally snigger every time I think of the scientific name - turdus :)

Compare that to our lovely colluricincla Harmonica
The Grey Shrike Thrush ..... I think they have perhaps the most 'pure' notes in the bird world. The Chris Isaak of bird song !

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gBQxs2TRLo8



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The Grey Shrike Thrush ..... I think they have perhaps the most 'pure' notes in the bird world. The Chris Isaak of bird song !

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gBQxs2TRLo8

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Nice song! I look forward to some point in the future buying an old caravan and roadtripping Australia on one grand birding, camping, herping, beaching, etc adventure... But I need to finish S America and then there's Africa and Asia in the way hehe.

The Grey Shrike Thrush made me think of the Schiffornis species, here's a good cut of Russet-winged Schiffornis from the Choco (E Panama, W Colombia and NW Ecuador):

https://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/up....09%201130.mp3
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Whilst I admit that Nutcrackers choice of Wood warbler is a strong contender (especially as it is getting harder to hear these days) my choice would be the Barn Swallow.

Not necessarily because it is the most melodious of songs, but simply for me it signals the start of summer and the promise of things to come. Many would argue of course that the Common Cuckoo is the traditional sign that spring has arrived, but there is just something evocative about hearing the first swallows of the year on the wing.

For the same reasons the Skylark (Alauda arvensis) gets an honourable mention but does not carry the quite same message as the swallow it is a resident species and can often be heard at other times of the year
Paul, I know exactly what you mean! :)

I think one of the most beautiful 'sounds' is the delicate, very soft chattering between two Welcome Swallow lovers as they go about their mating, nest building, and breeding.

Ditto for the very soft lover's chatter of a pair of Red-rumped parrots. They really do love each other ! :)

It always fills me with such joy to hear the loved-up pairs of these two species softly chattering their sweet nothings to each other of a cool morning as Spring approaches :)

If ever I find recordings or vision that does the beauty justice I will post them





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I don't have any sound clips, but hundreds of singing Calandra Larks in early June in the morning in south-central Turkey on a sunny windless day just stopped me in my tracks...
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Talking Australian Magpie

THE THREE TENORS !!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HZDIyvYqEC8

Perhaps a contender for a podium finish?
Melodic in it's own unique way I suppose :) ......




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Wrens and North American thrushes are great.
I quite like Spectacled Owl: https://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/up...Owl%20song.mp3
Thrush Nightingale: https://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/up...R0000_0617.mp3
(a bit crisper than Common Nightingale).
And one of the commonest songs in Europe, but still great - European Robin: https://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/up...%B6dhake_6.mp3
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In the field, Black-faced Solitaire made the biggest impression on me. Probably because it sings very loudly, and in the evening, when it is relatively quiet:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/274324

Eurasian Wren is the most optimistic:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/425752

I was very diasppointed with American thrushes. For me they sound like bending sheets of tin.
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The aptly named Musician Wren is another favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZVcvxmOgo
kinda sounds like a golden oriole
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Wood Thrush (and many other Thrushes) are beautiful singers.

Rufous-and-white Wren has always been a favorite for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze28MKydVsQ


Never heard these wrens before now! Very sweet sounding :)
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The aptly named Musician Wren is another favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZVcvxmOgo

Never thought I'd love a song as much as I love the Wood Thrush, but this is absolutely beautiful!
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The Woodlark's song takes some beating in my opinion!

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