Subject: Mimicry
From: "David Geering"<>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 10:02:51 +1000
Jim Davis wrote: "A clear and engaging explanation (with pictures) of how
Regent Honeyeaters use vocal mimicry could have a more profound and
positive effect than
listening to a lyrebird imitating a chainsaw, assuming that one does."

I also would like to see clear evidence of Regent Honeyeaters using mimicry
in the manner that Philip suggests.  There is no doubt that Regents
occasionally mimic other birds including friarbirds and wattlebirds.  I am,
however, not so convinced that they use it to deceive.  I see nothing more
unusual in mimicry by Regents than that of any other bird (Yes, Philip, I
have read the papers).

David Geering

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