Is that the collective name for a congregation of bellbirds? -hmmm
Below , you can hear what appears to be 4 or 5 bellbirds singing together high in the walnut tree which over- hangs our back garden. They are clearly simply making music together for the joy of it. At this time of year in early April the bellbirds dont come down for food from the bush until all the bush nectar has gone -usually towards mid-winter ( June/July)
The sound is deafening and superb and so pure. I feel blessed to listen to such a wonderful choir.
The bellbird doesnt look so exotic as the striking tui– whose song can often sound similar but which has more raspy notes ( and two voice boxes!), but its song is so amazingly bell-like; as Captain Cook remarked on 250 years ago when the native dawn chorus echoing off the water to the Endeavour at anchor must truly have been a magnificent and intense amalgam of sound.
In the park near the house, the bellbirds sing in the tall trees almost all day in the spring and summer. Each year they share a particular musical phrase, which over time becomes added to and adapted; so that by the new song-year, it often sounds like a completely different phrase. Each locality of bellbirds appear to have their own set of phrases.