Magpie doing mimicry

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Subject: Magpie doing mimicry
From: Alison <>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:33:23 +0000

Hi Shorty,


I bought a book on magpies years ago. The book said that magpies do imitate neighbourhood noises but only after they have established their territory.  I had one magpie near me that used to imitate a car alarm. Sadly they were ousted by another family group some time ago.




From: shorty [
Sent: Friday, 12 January 2018 2:46 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Magpie doing mimicry


The other day i noticed one of my resident Magpies doing mimicry and it did a wonderful job of a Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo.


Yesterday i managed a video of it singing. There is noise from the wind and some very loud Aus Ravens in the tree above but all the calls apart from the Ravens and Sparrows are from the Magpie.




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