Grey Shrike-thrush mimicry

To: 'David Dickson' <>, "" <>
Subject: Grey Shrike-thrush mimicry
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 04:50:19 +0000
Actually yesterday's post from Kirri Hardy was about a Spangled Drongo
mimicking a Pied Butcherbird, not the other way around.......

Yes Grey Shrike-thrush is a good mimic, as are Drongos.

By the way, there is a k in mimicking but no k in mimicry.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
David Dickson
Sent: Friday, 7 April, 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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