To: "Brian Everingham" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Mimicry
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 12:29:47 +1000
Hi Brian,

I have heard Satin Bowerbirds mimicking te calls of other bird species on a number of occasions. Years ago an adult male was perched high in a eucalypt at Gibraltar Range National Park, northern NSW, and was mimicking the call of the Wedge-tailed Eagle. More recently a female plumaged bird in our yard at Coutts Crossing, north coast NSW, was mimicking a Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. When I hear a bird in rainforest mimicking other birds' calls, I don't automatically presume that the culprit is a Lyrebird, as Satin Bowerbirds are accomplished mimics.


Greg Clancy

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