The Bird’s Forgotten Song
Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera Phrygia) – Critically Endangered
Suburban Melbourne and Sydney
From the mouth of a Regent Honeyeater
comes the song of a friarbird and often
the tune of a black-faced cuckooshrike.
The female of the species moves on,
unresponsive to this oddity.
She finds the repertoire uninspired,
the vocal range and stamina brief.
Soon she hears the call she has been
waiting for: bill-clicking, resonant, true.
Hastening to the source of this beauty -
twitching, expectant - she does not find
the black and lemon bird, tail edged
in yellow. The melody is sounding
from a machine tied to a tree,
Photo source: Birdlife Australia