Bird Calls of Christmas Island

Bird Calls ofChristmas Island is a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean situated 1800 kilometres west of Darwin and
500 kilometres south of Jakarta, Indonesia, Latitude 10.30’S, Longitude 105.40’E. The island is 135 sq
kms of which 63% is National Park. The island is the tip of an undersea volcano of Everest proportions,
which emerged from the ocean over 60 million years ago. Christmas Island has a sheer rocky coastline
and much of it is covered by a dense canopy of tropical rainforest

The CD includes 6 endemic species: Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon, Linchi Swiftlet, Christmas Island
Frigatebird, Abbott’s Booby, Christmas Island Hawk-Owl and Christmas Island White-eye. Other species
of interest are White-tailed Tropicbird, Savanna Nightjar, Red-footed Booby, Variable Goshawk, White-
breasted Waterhen and Asian Koel. This presentation of calls of birds of Christmas Island provides a
comprehensive record of the sounds of many of the species that are known to occur on Christmas
Island. Where possible, a variety of calls of each species are presented. This makes the listener aware of
the repertoire of sounds many of the birds possess.

This album has no music or spoken commentary. The natural calls of the birds of this region can be
appreciated both as a source of pleasant sounds, or as a well documented reference library of many of
Christmas Island bird species. A list of the species, with call description and behaviour notes, can be
found inside the cover. For those people with a particular interest in any of the calls, further information
can be obtained from the author.

Total Length: 34 minutes 49 seconds

List of Contents


1            Red Junglefowl  Gallus gallus           

2            Red-tailed Tropicbird  Phaethon rubricauda           

3            White-tailed Tropicbird  Phaethon lepturus           

4            Emerald Dove  Chalcophaps indica                       

5             Christmas Island Imperial-Pigeon  Ducula whartoni (endemic)           

6            Savanna Nightjar  Caprimulgus affinis           

7            Linchi Swiftlet  Collacalia linchi (endemic)           

8            Lesser Frigatebird  Fregata ariel           

9            Great Frigatebird  Fregata minor           

10            Christmas Island Frigatebird  Fregata andrewsi (endemic)           

11            Abbott’s Booby  Sula abbotti(endemic)           

12            Red-footed Booby  Sula sula           

13           Brown Booby  Sula leucogaster           

14            Eastern Great Egret  Ardea modesta           

15            Striated Heron  Butorides striata                                   

16            White-faced Heron  Egretta novaehollandiae           

17            Eastern Reef Egret  Egretta sacra           

18            Nankeen Night Heron  Nycticorax caledonicus                       

19            Variable Goshawk  Accipiter hiogaster                                                   

20            Nankeen Kestrel  Falco cenchroides           

21            White-breasted Waterhen  Amaurornis phoenicurus           

22            Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus           

23            Pacific Golden Plover  Pluvialis fulva            

24            Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos           

25            Oriental Pratincole  Glareola maldivarum           

26            Common Noddy  Anous stolidus           

27             Asian Koel  Eudynamys scolopaceus         

28             Christmas Island Hawk-Owl  Ninox natalis (endemic)           

29            Sacred Kingfisher  Todiramphus sanctus           

30            Christmas Island White-eye  Zosterops natalis (endemic)           

31            Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica                                                                       

32            Asian House Martin  Delichon dasypus

33            Island Thrush  Turdus poliocephalus           

34            Java Sparrow  Lonchura oryzivora           

35            Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus           

36            EasternYellow Wagtail  Motacilla tschutchensis           

37            Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea           

38            White Wagtail  Motacilla alba           



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