To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: mimicry?
From: Judith L-A <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:56:23 +0000
Thanks, Philip, I reckon I can add this to my house list in good conscience 
now! Still amazed.
SEQ 500m

> On 20 Jan. 2018, at 9:37 am, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> I don't know about Catbird dispersal but I would suggest 20 km is not a lot
> for dispersal. Also in general, if you hear sounds of just one species and a
> range of these, it is not usually likely to be mimicry, it is more likely to
> be the real thing, unless there is some reason why not. Most mimics copy a
> range of sounds, and usually in subsong, so not very loud. So the calls they
> reproduce are generally not one species, but a range of species sounds.
> There are some specialist mimics, such as Lyrebird & Regent Honeyeater that
> do very specific behaviour. As for what other bird/s might reproduce a range
> of Catbird vocalisations? The question is not about the Catbird, The
> question would be what species known as mimics do you have in your area,
> that may also visit forest. All sorts, Satin Bowerbird is an obvious option,
> O-b Oriole, Magpie....... I once had a Wedge-tailed Eagle (and other things)
> calling from the tree in my yard. It wasn't, it was an Oriole.
> Philip
> -----Original Message-----
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> Judith L-A
> Sent: Saturday, 20 January, 2018 2:23 AM
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] mimicry?
>> From the garden a few days ago, I could have sworn I heard a Catbird. At
> about 20km from Catbird rainforest, I wonder:
> - whether Catbirds disperse/ migrate in midsummer? or
> - what other bird/s might reproduce a range of Catbird vocalisations?
> Judith
> SEQ 500m
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