Songs of Flame Robins

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Subject: Songs of Flame Robins
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:33:22 +0000
I have previously commented on the appearance of Flame Robins in our area since the fires.  For the past couple of weeks - perhaps longer - they have been very vocal.  The song is that described on the Pizzey and Knight app as a Territorial song.  In most cases where I have been able to see the singer it has been a male bird.  However this morning I clearly saw a female giving the song without, as far as I could tell, a response from another bird.  It was possibly significant that a pair of Scarlet Robins were about 10m away.  

Reading the section in HANZAB seems to imply that the primary functions of these songs are establishing/defending a breeding territory (with Scarlet Robins being nominated competitors) and/or attracting a mate.  Am I thus justified in counting these songs as Display and thus breeding records?

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