Grey Shrike-thrush mimickry

To: David Dickson <>, "" <>
Subject: Grey Shrike-thrush mimickry
From: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 01:32:37 +0000
Concerning Spangled Drongo mimicry I have often heard them mimic a Pied
Butcherbird but I have also heard them doing a call which is very similar to
a Brown Goshawk call.  I wonder if it is one of its own calls, as I have
heard it uttered by many Drongos, or whether it is imitating the Brown
Goshawk.   I have also seen Drongos actively chasing off Brown Goshawks a
number of times.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
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-----Original Message-----
From: David Dickson
Sent: Friday, April 7, 2017 10:07 AM
Subject: Grey Shrike-thrush mimickry

Thinking about yesterday's post from Kirri Hardy on a Pied Butcherbird
mimicking a Spangled Drongo...
I have a bush block adjacent to a birders' haunt well known to
Victorians—Rise and Shine Bush Reserve. My neighbour's block is a Noisy
Miner hangout (with the consequent reduction in bird species diversity) and
every time I hear a Noisy Miner call at my place I have a fleeting panic
that I am about to be invaded and colonised by these gangsters. But, more
often than not when I hear a Noisy Miner call and track it down I find a
Grey Shrike-thrush has mimicked the call. Phew!
Dave Dickson
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