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Subject: Pishing
From: "Jim Longworth" <>
Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 09:22:35 +1000

This technique works well in Southern Africa, as it imitates the scolding or alarm call of the ubiquitous cisticolas, in particular the Rattling Cisticola.  There must be some Australian birds that have such an alarm call? Or maybe it’s a ghost of evolution past from an ancestral passerine.




From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Saturday, 2 May 2009 8:41 AM
To: COG List
Subject: [canberrabirds] Pishing


Following my post yeasterday I was asked for a little more information about the technique of 'squeaking'.  Through a convoluted thought process this led me to Google "Pishing" which gave a link to  I was intrigued to see the comment that this technique doesn't work where there are no tits or chickadees.  As far as I can tell there are no tits or chickadees (in fact no members of the Paridae)  in Australia but many people seem to find pishing effective.  

Please explain?


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