Short-eared Brushtail Possum
Sounds & Calls
Short-eared Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus caninus)
Like its cousin the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), Short-eared Brushtail Possums are quite vocal and they make a range of coughing growls, barks shrieks and hisses. Although the calls of both of these species are similar, there are distinct differences, perhaps the most diagnostic being the ‘knocking’ staccato coughs of the Short-eared Brushtail Possum. From a distance these calls can sound like two large tree branches rubbing together.