Mimicry in Little Woodswallows?

Subject: Mimicry in Little Woodswallows?
From: Mark Carter <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:34:55 +0000 (GMT)
Hi Folks.
Is it known for Little Woodswallows to mimic other bird's songs? I watched two 
seperate birds this morning on Mt.Gillen (10km west of Alice Springs) singing a 
nice jumble of Budgie, Grey Shrike-thrush, Rufous Whistler and Western Ringneck 
calls. I know several other Woodswallow species mimic but I couldn't find any 
mention of Littles doing this.

Incidentally, there were parties of Dusky Grasswren roughly every 200m on the 
ridge between the peak of Mt Gillen and Heavitree Gap and good numbers of 
Painted Finch and Spinifex Pigeon too.

Mark Carter
ps.Red Centre Birdweek & Twitchathon report coming soon!

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