FW: [BIRDING-AUS] Blackbird's song

Subject: FW: [BIRDING-AUS] Blackbird's song
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 11:36:44 +1000
I don't think this got through, so I'll try again.
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From: Mules, Michael
Sent: Monday, 21 July 2003 1:43 PM
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Blackbird's song

One explanation I have heard (cannot remember where, or who from) is that the population density of Blackbirds in Melbourne is such that the males do not have static or well-defined territories, and may often "share" a territory with other breeding males.  Their song is a territorial one, so without a set territory to defend, they may not have a need to sing a complete song.
But as I said, I don't know where I heard this, so it is of possibly doubtful veracity.
Cheers, MIke
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From: simon starr [
Sent: Monday, 21 July 2003 12:39 PM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Blackbird's song

Michael Hunter in his report on a visit to Paris mentioned that he wished his Blackbirds at home sang as well as the French ones that he heard.
I moved to Australia from the UK 10 years ago and have yet to hear a Blackbird sing anywhere close to as well as I was used to back in the "old country".
Their song over here just never seems to really get going.I've asked a few Aussies who've said that yes they do sing well here,but they haven't heard an English Blackbird in full song. The question is why?
Are they longing for home?!
Simon Starr.
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