Rainbow Lorikeets imitating Cockatoos

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Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets imitating Cockatoos
From: "calyptorhynchus ." <>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:34:49 +0000
Today, walking back early from my local oval I was in the middle of Cockatoo crazy hours as dozens of them were squawking, swooping around, hanging upside down from branches and generally having an erect-crest time.

In the middle of all this a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets flew into a eucalypt uttering their usual screeching noises, but after a moment or two both of them produces sounds I have never heard lorikeets making before, I can only describe it as a sort cross between a screech and a wail. I assume they were trying to imitate the Cockatoos that were carrying on around them.

John Leonard

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