Re: bird vocalisations

Subject: Re: bird vocalisations
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 13:37:03 +1100 (EETDT)
On Thu, 24 Oct 1996, John Leonard wrote:

> I don't know about specific vocalisations, but my general impression is that
> when birds see humans they might give alarm calls, but the alarm calls they
> give when they see raptors, owls &c are much louder and more frenzied. ie
> they're quite worried by humans, but dead frightened of raptors.

to reinforce what john said, birds only sometimes respond to humans, but
rarely exercise the cool & calm option when there's a raptor around.  some
birds which are known nestling predators (kookaburras, currawongs,
corvids) elicit a response when birds are nesting, but less so at other
times (or not at all). 

Lawrie Conole
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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