Blackbird's song

Subject: Blackbird's song
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 17:45:41 +1000
Vicki and all,

I can't really offer any more ideas on this, but I can say that here in the
NSW Blue Mountains, Blackbirds do certainly colonize town gardens. I reckon
they also sing a lot here, and elaborately (at least during their breeding
season - they are fairly quiet in autumn-winter), but I cannot compare this
with their song in Europe as I have no experience of them there.

Perhaps it's relevant that we have a relatively cold climate for Australia.
It's currently 3 degrees C outside, with snow forecast tonight.

How do other introduced songsters compare with their European forebears?
(e.g. Song Thrush)



Carol Probets
Katoomba NSW
100km west of Sydney, altitude 1000m

Vicki Powys wrote (in part):
>Maybe there are more predators in Australia?  Is that why Blackbirds are
>seemingly more furtive, and perhaps sing less?  In Europe, Blackbirds can
>colonize town gardens, but do they do this in Australia?  Maybe Blackbirds
>are lower in the pecking order, ousted perhaps by currawongs, kookaburras,
>ravens, butcherbirds?  Any comments here?

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