Re: vocal mimicry by Noisy Miner

To: "Judie Peet" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Re: vocal mimicry by Noisy Miner
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 12:39:39 +1000
Re Judie's note below. My first article about Regent Honeyeater vocal mimicry (ABW 14(5): 180-189) noted (page 186) that "Unlike several other Australian passerine families, members of the Meliphagidae are not noted for indulging in vocal mimicry. Indeed Chisholm (1932) ... noted "Not one species .... of honeyeater is a mimic, though some of them have worthy voices......" I also found several examples but these did not include the Noisy Miner. So maybe you have added to the list.
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From: Judie Peet <>
To: birding aus <>
Date: Monday, 18 September 2000 9:31
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Re Wellington NSW Birdcount

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:  While we were searching for birds for the Birdcount, we clearly heard an Olive-backed Oriole calling.  Couldn't find it though.  Then a Noisy Miner flew in, perched and called.  Watching it with binoculars to be certain that it was not a Yellow-throated, I saw it open its beak and call "Orry-orry-ole".  Pointed this out to my friend who was disbelieving at first, but could then hear that the oriole call was coming from the beak of a Noisy Miner. The miner continued with that call a few more times, then sang some different songs.  Can someone tell me if they usually mimic other birds?  Or have I previously missed a very oriole-ish part of their normal repertoire?
Regards,  Judie Peet
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