Sydney storms - 19 Feb

To: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Sydney storms - 19 Feb
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 13:09:36 +1100
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Sydney storms - 19 Feb

Tom Wilson said:

> 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?
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson

Hi Tom,

Ern Hoskin in his book "Birds of Sydney" refers to the Grey Butcherbird as
"a minor mimic". Sounds like your bird is more than that.

Bruce Cox.

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