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Crested Bellbird

(Oreoica gutturalis)
Alternate name(s): "Bellbird"
Aboriginal name(s): "bokonbokon", "barkabark", "dirldirl" (WA); "burn-burn-boolala", "kangoo"

Size: 20-22 cm
Weight: 55-75 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Crested Bellbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "gutturalis"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Crested Bellbird
[100 km North of Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Near-lateral view of a male Crested Bellbird
[100 km North of Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Crested Bellbird
[100 km North of Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Near-dorsal view of a female Crested Bellbird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Station, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Dorsal view of a female Crested Bellbird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Station, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Race "pallescens"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Crested Bellbird (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male Crested Bellbird with its crest erected (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Lateral view of a male Crested Bellbird issuing its call (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Feb Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: 14?-16? days Fledging age: ca. 14? days

Given the right conditions, especially after good inland rainfall, Crested Bellbirds can in principle breed any time of the year.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Sticks, root fibres, bark strips Height above ground: 1 - 3 m

Crested Bellbirds' nest in a Pearly Bluebush; note the stunned hairy caterpillar on the rim of the nest, which is typical for this bird species to place there (photo courtesy of R. Brinsley)
[85 km west of Wentworth, NSW, September 2011]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 26 x 20 mm Colour: White, with sparse near-black speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Unobstructed view of the two eggs in the same Crested Bellbirds' nest as shown above; usually there should be 3-4 eggs (photo courtesy of R. Brinsley)
[85 km west of Wentworth, NSW, September 2011]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Pair

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

crstbel_jg_20160803.mp3 (Central WA) Contact calls © JG

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