"'Charmian Lawson'" <>, "'COG'" <>
Bower bird mimicry
"Philip Veerman" <>
Mon, 4 Jan 2010 15:52:07 +1100
not sure from this if you are aware of it, that the Bowerbirds are known to be
very skilled vocal mimics (or copiers to be more precise). And so your
observation is an example of this.
Having listened to
the cuckoo calls on http://garden.canberrabirds.org.au/contents/birdGroups/cuckoos.htm (thanks
very much to Nick Payne for this link), I am almost certain that the male satin
bower bird often in our garden has been copying the call of the fan-tailed
cuckoo. I had been trying for some time to track down what I thought
was a cuckoo in the tree over the road, but was frustrated when a bower bird
apparently also in the tree flew away and I couldn't see the cuckoo. Just before
Christmas I heard it in our back yard, but when I went out to see it, I found
the call came from the bower bird up on the power line.
This morning I again
heard the bower bird that imitates a kookaburra, producing a very soft but
unmistakeable laugh. Rod Mackay who also lives in Holder had heard this bower
bird before so presumably it's been around for a while.
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