Sydney storms - 19 Feb

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Subject: Sydney storms - 19 Feb
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 21:19:04 +1100
I'll update my own note here re the comment on mimicry by a Grey Butcherbird
(see extract below) - I looked at my copy of the Readers Digest Complete
Book of Australian Birds and this notes "mimicry in subsong", which is just
what I heard, so my local Grey Butcherbird is normal after all.
Tom Wilson

Extract from Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Sydney storms - 19 Feb

> At about 6pm, as the rain was setting in, I could hear (and at points see)
> our resident Grey Butcherbird singing away, despite being soaked well past
> the feathers.  However, as well as the normal Grey Butcherbird calls, he
> (she?) was quite clearly mimicking other bird calls as well, although very
> sotto voce.  Included in his repertoire were Rosella, Kookaburra, and
> Currawong.  None of my guides (Pizzey, Morecombe, Simpson & Day) mention
> mimicry - is he a normal Grey Butcherbird or a clever dick?
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