Mimicry by Magpie

To: Syd Curtis <>
Subject: Mimicry by Magpie
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 13:17:09 +1000
In SEQ, many bushwalkers use "Heybob" as a contact call. I think the call may have been kicked off by UQBWC and has been picked up and used by bushwalkers in other clubs etc.

Regards, Laurie.

On Monday, April 9, 2007, at 12:24  AM, Syd Curtis wrote:

Of possible interest: I have a recording of an Albert's Lyrebird in the
wild, imitating human speech.  This was given to me by a friend (now
deceased) who tape-recorded lyrebirds extensively. The bird's territory was across a popular walking track in Lamington National Park, where he would have often heard human conversations. The recording was made in November - well outside the breeding season - and in general there are no recognisable
words, but it is clearly imitation of human speech.  And the bird does
appear to 'say' "Hey Bill". My friend suggested that at some stage Park
maintenance staff working on the walking track included someone called
"Bill", and the bird heard him being called on a number of occasions.


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