mimicry question

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Subject: mimicry question
From: Filipio Gwynne <>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2018 04:44:38 +0000
Trying to spot an occasional softly but characteristically creaking Gang-gang in my Cook backyard yesterday, it remained stubbornly elusive as I seemed to hone in on a quite unlikely-looking dense leafy shrub. When it suddenly seemed an alarmed magpie-lark must have been keeping it very close company, I realised I was actually closing in on a Satin Bowerbird running through its mimicry repertoire.  And there it was - a Female or Juvenile Male. Spent a nice additional 10 mins or so listening as it seemed to warm up -- sure there was a bit of a raptor call in there of some sort too, along with, perhaps, rosellas and definite noisy miners.

Can I ask someone with a HANZAB, do both sexes engage in mimicry? My own limited sources are a bit ambiguous on this, as is the internet. 


Phil Winn.
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