To: Terry Pacey <>
Subject: Mirrors
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 18:38:06 +1000
Hi Terry
A Brown Thornbill regularly sings to its reflection on a branch that is
touching the window
in front of my desk (Burwood, suburb of Melbourne).  Sometimes it even pecks at
its reflection and then I turn on the light to make the reflection disappear
and the bird leaves.  I don't want it to hurt itself.

Terry Pacey wrote:

> I was just outside in the yard when I heard one of the Striped Honeyeaters
> that
> seem to have moved in (perhaps it is only one) singing loudly.
> I looked at the trees alongside the driveway and couldn't see it.  As I
> moved closer I saw where it was resting.  It was on the side mirror of my
> son's car looking at its reflection and singing its heart out.  I have seen
> Magpie-larks, etc doing this but did not expect a Striped Honeyeater to do
> the same.  How many other birds behave like this?
> Terry Pacey

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