Re: Bird Call

To: David Siems <>
Subject: Re: Bird Call
From: James Davis <>
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 15:32:58 +1000 (EST)

I don't have personal knowledge of Rainbow Lorikeets changing their calls,
but in the scientific literature parrots in general and lorikeets in
specific have been reported to do so.  All evidence that I have seen
indicates that most parrots are able to learn new vocalizations through
their lives.  In fact, they probably mimic each other.

Cheers, Jim

Dr. Wm. James Davis, Editor
Interpretive Birding Bulletin

On Sun, 6 Dec 1998, David Siems wrote:

>  Hi Netters,
>             A friend of mine lives 14km south/west of Sydney and has
> numerous Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on his native trees each day.
>             One afternoon he noticed a different call in the flock and found
> a Red-collared Lorikeet, with leg ring. It was chased by the Rainbows, but
> persisted in staying.
>             After two months it is now accepted by the group but the
> surprising outcome is, it has changed its call to be the same as the
> Rainbows and now cannot be recognised by call.
>             Has anyone knowledge of this happening to this species?
> All the Best
> David Siems
> Sydney, Australia
> Phone: +61 (0)2 9759 1891
> Email: 

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