Magpie mimicry

To: Robert Quinan <>
Subject: Magpie mimicry
From: "Anne & Roger A. Green" <>
Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 13:53:36 +1030
I was amazed, a couple of days ago, to hear a new item in "our" magpie's repertoire. The bird is hand reared and 18 month-old (female, I think) and now only rarely does her telephone and ambulence siren imitations but this latest one was a distinct, human "Hello!", in exactly the tone that I use for her, a possum, the dog and, probably, visitors to our plant nursery! I find this particularly interesting because I thought a bird of her age would have stopped adding to its vocal range. Just goes to show....

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