Re Wellington NSW Birdcount

To: Judie Peet <>
Subject: Re Wellington NSW Birdcount
From: Atriplex Services <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 16:08:46 +0930
Noisy Miners are accomplished mimics of mobile phones at Berri Caravan
Park (SA) and something, I suspect Spiney Cheeked H'eaters, dfo a good
job of imitating our ordinary (Telstra) phone - enough to make life very
confusing for me, anyway!

Judie Peet wrote:

>  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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