From: John Larocque <>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 17:02:04 +1100
Is magpie mimicry more prevalent at this time of year? 
Yesterday, the resident male magpie in our back yard was supplementing
his own carolling with the sounds of Eastern and Crimson Rozella,
Sparrow, Indian Mynah, Blackbird, Currawong, Red Wattlebird and small
dog bark. All the sounds of the neighborhood in fact. Pizzey refers to
it as "Quiet sub-song includes mimicry". Its certainly not anywhere near
as well projected as a Lyrebird, but it can be heard clearly over
several metres.
John Larocque

lorne wrote:
> Hi all... Lorne here...
> I was surprised to find a MAGPIE out the front of my house the other
> day, immitating the calls of Noisy Miners, Satin Bowerbird, Currawong
> and Grey Butcherbird!!!!!! I've NEVER heard a magpie mimic other birds
> before! Two of my field guides say they do this though!

Anne & Roger Green wrote:
> A female magpie that we hand-reared at the same time as we owned a Fox
> Terrier used to perch on the overhead power line and bark extremely
> realistically. As we lived ajacent to a car park we used to enjoy
> watching people's reactions!
> Anne
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