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Les Thyer <>
Tue, 19 Sep 2000 14:54:52 +1000
For several weeks now a male Yellow-bellied Sunbird has spent most of his life
studying and attacking his reflection in the rear-vision mirror of my Troopy.
When I open the door to drive away, his parting trick is to deficate down the
mirror and fly to a convenient place to see the "competitor" off . On my
returning home he lands on the mirror again metres before the vehicle even
comes to a stop, looks in the mirror, and - oh - no! that pesky rival is back
again! The confrontation starts all over!
I've given up cleaning the mirror!
Bruce Cox 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
> > 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
> > TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350
> 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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