Re: Heathland Avian Mimic

To: Syd Curtis <>
Subject: Re: Heathland Avian Mimic
From: James Davis <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 08:34:35 +1000 (EST)

   The Rufous Scrubbird which lives along side the Albert's Lyrebird in
Lamington Nation Park -- along Daves Creek Circuit at Binna Burra.  Last
week, with tapeplayer in hand, I made some marvelous recordings of this
species' varied vocalizations (Syd, I'll describe them in the next issue
of the IBB).  BTW, the Lyrebirds were singing as well.  I hope this helps.

Cheers, Jim

Dr. Wm. James Davis, Editor
Interpretive Birding Bulletin

On Fri, 21 Aug 1998, Syd Curtis wrote:

> In my addiction to lyrebirds I haven't quite reached the status of "expert"
> - one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything
> about nothing - but outside my chosen field I sometimes astound myself with
> the depth of my ignorance.
> So someone on birding-aus please help:
> At the end of his Foreword to Ray Littlejohns' book "The Magic Voice"
> (1933), Alec Chisholm points out that Lyrebirds are not Australia's only
> mimics and he writes -
>         "But Australia contains at least twenty other diverse species of
> birds which are highly skilled at vocal imitations, and one in particular,
> a heathland sprite rather smaller than a sparrow, is relatively no less
> accomplished than the lyrebird."
> So what is Chisholm's "heathland sprite" that mimics so well?
> Syd Curtis at Hawthorne, Qld.
> H Syd Curtis

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