The Ornate Burrowing Frog or Ornate Frog (Platyplectrum ornatum) is a stubby little frog found in a wide area the northern and eastern coasts of Australia from Central New South Wales to northernmost Western Australia. It can apparently be found in a variety of semi-open habitats where there are sandy soils. It spends most of its life burrowed beneath the sand only emerging during wet periods.
One night while recording frogs in a cane field area near Miallo, Queensland, I recorded this a loud frog call I didn't know. It was a loud "knocking" sound heard over the background calls of the Australian Rocket Frogs (Litoria nasuta). Most descriptions of this call refer to it as a metallic "unk".
The photo shown here was taken several years before near the town of Chillagoe, further inland from where this recording was made.
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