Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the song of the pied butcherbird in new composition

The flute-like chirps of an iconic Australian songbird has inspired one of the nation's most prestigious orchestras.

The pied butcherbird, found in many backyards around the nation but best heard in the Australian outback, will perform — in a way — as part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night.

"It's such a spectacular singer, perhaps the world's finest songbird," said Hollis Taylor, a violinist and composer.

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