Mimicry by Starlings Strenus vulgaris

Subject: Mimicry by Starlings Strenus vulgaris
From: Howard Plowright <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 18:00:22 +1000
The topic of mimicry by birds of "common" human produced
sound has once again been raised - I have a solid report of
Starlings reproducing the screams of young girls in a school
I'd be very interested to have comments, from within
Australia, of definite instances of mimicry by starlings or
other birds of say telephone rings, or other noise related
to human occupation.  From a personal viewpoint I can't say
I have ever noticed recognisable mimicry.
Howard Plowright, Melbourne

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