Sound Ideas: Pied Butcherbird

by Carl Strang

When I traveled to Australia at the end of 2000, I was just getting into the recording of sounds of nature. One morning in camp in the central desert, I got the opportunity to record the song of a pied butcherbird.

This bird is well named, both for its piebald color pattern and its shrike-like predatory habits.

This bird is well named, both for its piebald color pattern and its shrike-like predatory habits.

The song is not what one would expect from such a predator:

The melody of this song inspired a composition
(“Butcherbird” by Carl Strang, copyright ©2001):

Everything was painstakingly hunt-and-pecked into the sequencer except for the soprano recorder. My playing was reedy sounding and not as beautiful as the original that inspired it, but I was pleased with the composition.

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2 Comments

  1. Linda Padera said,

    January 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed that, Carl. Thanks for sharing that with us!

  2. Nancy Collins said,

    January 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Beautiful!


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