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)
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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