Scarlet and Red-capped Robin interaction

To: "Laurence Living" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Scarlet and Red-capped Robin interaction
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 15:28:33 +1000
Interesting. Isolated male Red-capped Robins have been observed mimicking the songs of Scarlet Robins. This would seem a good situation for this behaviour. Did you observe this? If so, it is worth writing up, I have some refs. 
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From: Laurence Living <>
To: Steve <>; birding <>
Date: Thursday, 10 May 2001 19:03
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Scarlet and Red-capped Robin interaction

Hi Steve

I noticed both both robins foraging with other species in the Kimbolton
forest near Lake Eppalock [just out of Bendigo, Victoria] on Anzac Day this
year. The habitat was partly Mallee, dry and rocky in places. There was some
disputation between them while I was doing a 20 minute survey.


Laurie Living

Steve wrote:

> G'day all
> Yesterday I had the great pleasure of male Scarlet and Red-capped Robins
> in the same binocular view.  This was during a quick visit to the Long
> Forest Flora Reserve west of Melton in southern Victoria.  The forest is
> an unusual outpost of mallee vegetation.  The two robins were clearly in
> competition mode and were puffed up and chattering to each other.  At
> one point they launched themselves into a full scale wrestling match (I
> think the Scarlet instigated this).  After the wrestle they parted
> company and went foraging in different directions.  Several Brown
> Thornbills and a young Golden Whistler perched down low near the fight
> and looked like ringside spectators.
> I've never seen these two Robins in the same place before.  Where else
> would this occur?  I'd guess they would both be found in the Bendigo
> Whipsick and maybe the Little Desert.
> Cheers
> Steve Clark
> Hamilton, Victoria

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