Spangled Drongo Mimicracy

To: "Belinda Cassidy" <>, <>
Subject: Spangled Drongo Mimicracy
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 14:14:52 +1100
Hi Belinda,

I am always amazed at the sounds that emanate from Spangled Drongos. I have also heard them mimic the calls of the Pied Butcherbird. There is one call that most/all Spangled Drongos make and I am not sure whether it is an imitation or just coincidence that it sounds like another species' call. The call that I am referring to is the Brown Goshawk chatter. When I hear a Spangled Drongo I sometimes immediately think 'Brown Goshawk' then when I hear the other rasping calls I realise that it is a drongo. Has anyone else heard this call?

Greg Clancy

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