Reflection-attacking birds

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Reflection-attacking birds
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:28:53 +0000

I was wondering that too. Are ravens on the list? Maybe the smarter birds are not fooled. Although it is common practice to put little mirrors in a cage for a budgerigar and they certainly interact with them. But it appears not as though to a rival. What about cockatiels, ringnecks, lovebirds and other parrots commonly kept in captivity.  This is not done with finches.




From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Friday, 20 July, 2018 10:55 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Reflection-attacking birds


Thanks for contributions.  I attach the list.  One thing I notice is that parrots and cockatoos, among our most abundant and inter-active species, are absent from the list.  They can be at least playfully aggressive to one another.  Perhaps, for some reason, they do not interpret a reflection as a rival.  We have a regular pair of cockatoos that not only watches us through the window but occasionally perches on the window ledge and taps on the glass to attract attention.


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