remote control Cockatiel heard at ANBG

To: "Philip Veerman" <>, <>
Subject: remote control Cockatiel heard at ANBG
From: "Ruskies" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 21:52:11 +1100
Philip, didn't it cross your mind that instead of the O,B, Oriel doing the mimicking it could have been the Wedge-Tailed Eagle, in a role reversal, doing the mimicking. This is not a common occurrence and I believe   not much of a success. I'm not sure but I think its the size differential that gives the game away.
Cheers Bob Rusk
Ps. Just a thought Philip,you did take note of the size of the bird.?
Pss. It didn't give the impression that it was extra-ordinarily close while the background seemed so far away ?  that's just a little tip to watch for when witnessing mimicry.
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Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 4:20 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] remote control Cockatiel heard at ANBG

Hi Folks,

I heard a Cockatiel at ANBG during a brief stop there late on Saturday afternoon (in the section below the cafeteria). I even clearly watched it calling but it wasn't. I knew it wasn't before I saw it. The Cockatiel calls were coming from an Olive backed Oriole, interspersed with usual oriole calls and mainly Crimson Rosella and other unidentified presumed mimicry. Nothing odd about that. It is just worth mentioning to highlight that this is a species whose call it probably learned some considerable distance away. (Years ago I once had one in my garden mimicking Wedge-tailed Eagle and Sacred Kingfisher calls.)


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