Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

The Grey Shrike-thrush is an inhabitant of forests and woodlands, and an altitudinal migrant. It has one of the most melodious songs of any Australian bird – hence the name harmonica. They are fairly quiet in the non-breeding season in suburban gardens where they forage for insects in the branches of medium to large trees.

Most birds arrive in Canberra in April and May. Numbers stay high until August, after which numbers decline steadily, presumably as they return to the forests, to a low in February. Numbers have fluctuated somewhat during the survey but have stayed at a roughly similar level. Four breeding records include nest building in late August and dependent young in early October. R=41. BR=66.