birding-aus birds' antagonistic behaviour

Subject: birding-aus birds' antagonistic behaviour
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 11:30:54 +1000
An interesting idea from my wife. She walks to work every morning through a
Canberra suburb and across some open ground; this area has at least one
pair of swooping Magpies which she must walk past, but in the last few days
she has also been swooped by Noisy Miners, Magpies Larks, and even a Willie

What she and I want to know is do the other birds learn antagonistic
behaviour from other species, ie does a pair of swwoping Magpies 'teach'
the other birds to be more antagonistic that they would be otherwise?

John Leonard

John Leonard (Dr),
PO Box 243,
Woden, ACT 2606,

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