To: "Terry Pacey" <>, "birding-aus, " <>
Subject: Mirrors
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 10:16:33 +1000

> 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
> 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

Hi Everyone.

I have seen a Supurb Fairy-wren attacking it's image in a car side mirror
and also a  Spotted Pardalote doing the same to it's reflection in a second
story office window. I am sure I have seen other birds doing something
similar but can't say I have seen them singing to their reflected image.

I suspect singing at and attacking an image are both part of a territory
defence display.


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