|From:||Syd Curtis <>|
|Date:||Tue, 08 Jan 2002 09:05:02 +1000|
Robert Quinan wrote:
I recall the late Norman Robinson giving a talk on ABC radio about lyrebird mimicry and in the course of the talk he mentioned that a local magpie (this up on the hills behind Helena Valley to the east of Perth) imitated a horse. Norman played a recording of this and there was a typical magpie warble but it continued into the unmistakable sound of a neighing horse.
BTW, a friend in England sent me a tape of an interview which included discussion of the several species of tits. Mentioned was the intense competition for feeding tables. However, if a predator was sighted an alarm call was given, and all species dived for cover. The person being interviewed said that one Tit had learned to give the alarm call as a means of clearing the table of competition.
Has anyone on birding-aus encountered any use of mimicry for some specific purpose like that?
Syd Curtis in Brisbane
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