Sounds & Calls
The Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus maculosus) is a species of bowerbird found in rainforests of Far North Queensland, Australia. Unlike the typical bowerbirds (family Ptilonorhynchidae) they do not build a bower and pairs raise young together. They are an active, vocal species, often seen foraging for fruit in the forest mid-storey and canopy. Spotted Catbirds are named for their bizarre cat-like wailing calls (some say it sounds more like a baby crying!) which are a common sound of both lowland and higher altitude rainforests within their range. This species is especially vocal at dawn and dusk. They also make a few other call types including a high-pitched ‘tick’ sound and a drawn out dry rasp. The Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris) of south-eastern Australia is a closely-related species which makes quite similar (and perhaps even more cat-like) calls!