pipit mimicry

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Subject: pipit mimicry
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 14:43:23 +1100
What a pity that the splitting off of the Aus and NZ Pipits rendered obsolete the wonderful catalogue of the voices of A novaeseelandiae (as it then was) in the BWP Handbook vol 5.  However, for your purpose Steve, what I get from that lengthy discussion is -
1) there is no mention of mimicry
2) several races have a 'wide vocabulary' including whistles, chirps and flutings
3) several calls resemble those of cited unrelated species
4) there was no input from Australia, despite reports of disparate sounds for everywhere from Africa, through Mongolia (where 'highly excited birds' say 'tchrrip' instead of 'tip') to New Zealand (a 'harsh and piercing 'tzree' given in general excitement throughout the year').  For your ob to be really valuable, it seems that some assessment of how your bird rated on the excitement scale would be useful.    
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