mimicry on my mind

To: "chatline canberrabirds" <>
Subject: mimicry on my mind
From: "Terry Bell" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:12:13 -0700
whilst playing bowls at Canberra North BC with a naturalist friend at Turner yesterday afternoon we clearly heard the loud calls  of about half of the normal routine of a kookaburra. My first impressions were that as it was coming from a known habitat of bower birds could that bird be responsible. Remembering our recent interesting COG  talk about the mimicry of brown thornbills I checked with my new Pizzey field guide to discover that there is no mention of mimicry habits. Similarly there is no reference to this habit by bower birds but somewhere in the back of my mind I can recall of someone mentioning that this could be the case.  Perhaps some learned colleague could expand on this subject, on the chatline of course, for general information. Good birding Terry B.
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