Bowerbird Mimicry

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Subject: Bowerbird Mimicry
From: Chris Hankel <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 09:15:40 +0930
A few years ago, while staying with my cousin and his wife in Ernabella in the Musgrave Ranges in far north west SA, a Spotted Bowerbird was often in a shrub in their garden doing an excellent job of mimicking a cat. But what really intrigued us was another noise it was making that it took a while to identify. It wasn't until some Aboriginal kids were rolling the plastic lids of Lauckes Bread Mix tins along the road in front of their house that we realized what the noise was.

Chris Hankel
Adminstrative Assistant
Faculty of Social Sciences
Flinders University
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