Honeyeater alarm calls

Subject: Honeyeater alarm calls
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 03:06:42 +1100
Andy and othersI reckon I could tell the difference between Chopper Reid and 
Merv Hughes if one of them  trying to force his way in through my front door.  
Both bigger than me, both wearing big a moustache, but they'd each provoke a 
very different "alarm call" and response!But how honeyeaters make this sort of 
distinction without the help of Channel Nine is really miraculous....Russell 
WoodfordAndy Burton's Bush Tours <> on Tue, 18 Mar 
2003 15:00:17 +1100 wrote:> One point that I omitted to mention in my previous 
reply was that > although size may occasionally be a determinant in Noisy 
Miners' bird > identification, it is obviously not always the case. These birds 
seem > to have no problems recognising a smallish, male Collared Sparrowhawk > 
but are quite comfortable with the passage overhead of a Raven, or > large 
duck.> Additionally they appear to be able to differentiate between a > 
Sparrowhawk, a species that tends to induce an almost terminal p
 anic > amongst some species of honeyeater, and say a Whistling Kite, whose > 
presence often seems to promote only mild interest.> > > If I am correct, why 
is it so?> > > Andy> > >

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