Re: Cicadabirds, Pacific Bazas and Frogs

To: "Reg Clark" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re: Cicadabirds, Pacific Bazas and Frogs
From: "Philip A Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 18:40:02 +1000
Reg adds something that may be relevant. There could be a connection here
but I don't see any. Isn't it more easy to suggest that it was just marking
out a potential territory like any other migrating bird does. The bird's
behaviour was just like that of Trillers, Songlarks, Whistlers, Cuckoos and
all sorts of other things. That the birds' calls reminds us of cicadas,
doesn't mean that it does the same to either of them. The similarity to the
sound of a Cicada could easily be entirely irrelevant or coincidental to the
bird.  What Reg describes, certainly does not imply that the cicadas
responded to the call of the bird either.

 -----Original Message-----
From: Reg Clark <>
To: birding-aus <>
Date: Friday, 14 April 2000 20:40
Subject: Pacific Bazas and Frogs

>Hello all
>I once followed a Cicada Bird(Coracina tenuirostris: a male)  for a
>considerable distance as it flew from tree to tree. As it landed in a new
>tree it would give two of its cicada-like calls then sit silent peering
>about the tree. It was at the height of the summer season and there  were
>many cicadas about but none were calling at the time. This action was so
>deliberate and consistent that it appeared to me that the bird was
>attempting to induce a response
>.The cicada chorus frequently seems to start with an individual calling
>followed by a general response from the choir.
>I did not witness any kills during the half-hour this  behaviour was
>Reg Clark
>11 Carmen St
>St Ives NSW 2075
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