Frog Calls – Eastern Banjo Frog [Pobblebonk] (Limnodynastes dumerilii)

The Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii), also colloquially known as the ‘Pobblebonk’, is a species of burrowing frog native to south-eastern Australia.

This colloquial names of this species reflect it’s ‘bonk’ call, which sounds a bit like a banjo string being plucked! Males of the species produce a single ‘bonk’ note, with other individuals often calling in response. When many frogs call and respond, it creates a delightful chorus of notes at slightly different pitches and is a unique sound of south-east Australian wetlands.

Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) or ‘Pobblebonk’
Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii)
Photographed in Wollemi National Park, NSW

Listen to calls of the Eastern Banjo Frog

This video soundscape features Eastern Banjo Frogs calling around a small wetland in Chiltern National Park, Victoria. The audio samples below it are shorter extracts from a longer version of the same soundscape.
EBF1 In this first sample you can hear typical ‘bonk’ calls from male Eastern Banjo Frogs calling from the edge of a small dam in Chiltern National Park, Victoria.
EBF2 This recording was made at the same location as the previous, but more frogs can be heard calling and responding.
Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) or ‘Pobblebonk’
Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerili)
Photo Credit: Matt
License: CC BY 2.0