more on pipit mimicry

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Subject: more on pipit mimicry
From: "Steve Holliday" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 14:35:21 +1100
From 'The riddle of the mockingbirds' by Alec Chisholm in Victorian Naturalist, 1946, - Vol 63 (3): 57
    Pipit (Anthus australis) - This bird figures in my Ibis             paper of 1932 as the possessor of a spirited song,             uttered both at rest and on the wing, and as an                 occasional mimic of such birds as the Magpie, Raven,         Plover, etc. P.A. Bourke reinforced this record ten years     later by reporting in The Emu (42/184) that while                 occupying a photographic hide he saw and heard a Pipit,     perched near by, give admirable imitations of the notes of     eight species of the open spaces, including the                 Wagtail...
Hearing a pipit making a plover (presumably Masked Lapwing) call would be rather interesting. In the same paper Chisholm notes Stubble Quail amongst other species being imitated by Singing Bushlark. Now I'll have to find Bourke's article to see if Stubble Quail was one of the eight species of the open spaces so admirably imitated by his pipit.
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