"Birds" - a note of caution - re: Mimicry

Subject: "Birds" - a note of caution - re: Mimicry
From: Penn Gwynne <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 16:04:13 -0800 (PST)

G'day Chris,

To add to the words of David Geering, could I also say that Australia is blessed with many wild birds that can, and do mimic. Another David, but this one from Chichester, England, re~lie~ably informs me that when white man first landed here in Oz. He wandered into the deep dark rainforrest calling out "Hello, Coo-eee" hearing only his echo coming back.

On day two when he travelled some more he again called out "Hello, Coo-eee" but this time he heard the reply come back "White with two eh?" spoken in English by a female Australasian White backed magpie, to her mate. Sadly this can not be confirmed but we true blue Oz believe it's more then a miff. We think it's more then pawsible then the England cricket scores. Lucks a fortune eh?

Have a good day, JAG de Whag

P.S. WARNING it's raining here in Oz.


Chris wondered about the "Attenborough lyrebird" imitating all manner of inanimate sounds.

This was a captive bird at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria. This bird was apparently well known for picking up all manner of frequently heard noises such as the motor drive of cameras.


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