Cuckoo calls?

Subject: Cuckoo calls?
From: (Andrew Taylor)
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 13:11:35 +1100
On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 11:42:54AM +1000, Peter Woodall wrote:
> On the other hand the Widowfinches (Vidua spp.) which are passerines,
> parasitising small waxbills & finches, do seem to learn and use some of
> their hosts' song patterns.  Payne did a lot of work on these.

These are the Indigobirds I mentioned - which shows the virtue of
including scientific names (which I didn't).

There is an interesting recent paper at:
and a popular write up at:
and some pics & songs at:

I'm disappointed no one has volunteered observations of geographic
variation in Australian cuckoo calls - I know from reading twitchathon
reports that more than a few people on this list are good with calls.


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