To: Atriplex Services <>
Subject: Mirrors
From: (Richard Johnson)
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 16:27:19 +1000
Dear Saltbush Anne
Thanks for that. I occasionally do some wildlife care work and will keep in
mind the 'mirror therapy' idea if any social birds come my way. I'm still
intrigued by the apparent extreme sensitivity to visual signals that seems
to be demonstrated by the reflection-attacking phenomenon. It would be good
to read a published account of anything done on the topic. Have you ever
seen anything?
Regards, Richard

Atriplex Services wrote:

> There's more to mirror behaviour than territory and defence matters. As
> mentioned by others in relation to Babblers, social birds relate to them
> quite differently. Everyone would be familiar with the practise of
> putting a mirror in a budgie's cage but I've also had personal
> experience of the effectiveness of this with adult rescues of a Little
> Corella and an Apostlebird. Both were much quieter and apparently less
> stressed with a mirror to perch next to.
> Anne
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