Re: superb fairy wren - strange behaviour

To: "Andrea Hoffmann" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re: superb fairy wren - strange behaviour
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 17:42:18 +1100
They have done exactly the same thing at my place, whilst breeding adjacent to my lounge room (and no doubt many other places). (I am in Canberra) It is quite typical behaviour, not strange at all. Though it is strange to the bird - as in a mirror is a strange object to a bird - and they don't understand it. It is attacking its reflection. The solution is to cover the car mirror with a cloth and rearrange the light or bushes so that it doesn't see its reflection in the window of the house.
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From: Andrea Hoffmann <>
To: <>
Date: Friday, 17 November 2000 9:30
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] superb fairy wren - strange behaviour

hi folks,

I've got a (male) superb fairy wren here whose behaviour is somewhat
baffling to me.

about 2 weeks ago, while sitting in my office (I work at home) I heard a
noise at the window. looking out I saw this wren flying from the ferns -
that are just a metre away - to the window. it landed on the window pane
(!), looked at his image, pecked on the pane, flew on to the sill. then
back to the fern, then back to the window.

the same wren also (still!) messes up our cars. it lands on the side
mirror, looks at his image, pecks at it, flies off, returns, etc....
(needless to say the side mirrors are an absolute mess!!).

any ideas that could explain this behaviour?

many thanks in advance,
andrea :)
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