Fw: The Mouse

To: "Graham Turner" <>, "Baus" <>
Subject: Fw: The Mouse
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 18:39:21 +1100
I would suggest that the wren's behaviour is a 'distraction display'. It is unlikely to be imitating a mouse but is behaving in an unusual manner to distract a predator from its young just as a Red-capped Plover feins a wing injury or a Pied Oystercatcher lays on the sand flapping its wings. Your squeak may resemble an alarm call and this would initiate the behaviour. I have had fairy-wrens behave in this manner when one or more of the group is being removed from a mist net for banding.

Greg Clancy

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