In Pitjantjatjara country we know that the local name for Rhipidura leucophrys is tjintir-tjintirpa. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the scientific name, if you’re musically inclined and have an ear for Australian bird songs, you might recognise tjintir-tjintirpa as an onomatopoeic rendition of the ratcheting call of the Willie Wagtail.
Female Superb Fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus initiate extragroup fertilizations by forays to the territory of preferred males, just before sunrise, 2–4 days before egg laying. Over a prolonged breeding season, males advertise their availability to foraying females by singing during the dawn chorus.
Greg Combet, member for Charlton in the Federal Parliament, the hard man of the Patrick’s wharf dispute…and of course much more, is apparently a big softy at heart – he breeds, and has special places in his heart for, birds. I had a vague memory of Greg’s name being mentioned in relation to birds a […]