Night Sounds of the Australian Bush – Yellow-bellied Glider

I’m sure the call of the Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis) has unnerved many a camper in the Australian bush. The typical call starts with a soft hoot, is followed with a loud shriek which leads into a gurgling, throaty rattle – it sounds to me like some poor creature being strangled and shaken!

Typical Calls

Gliding and Landing

In the following recording, you can hear the sound of a Yellow-bellied Glider gliding in, landing and then climbing. In the background, the deep hoots of a Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) reverberate through the forest. Listen with headphones to appreciate the stereo effect – you’ll hear the glider glide in from the right side and land on a tree to the left.

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