Re: Mimicry by Lyrebird

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Re: Mimicry by Lyrebird
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 21:39:55 +1000
Thanks Philip, for letting me down gently.

Obvious, when you point it out to me:  My old and sorely missed mate Len,
would have measured the length along the curved rachis, whereas the 'tail
length' as described by the Park Service would be simply the straight line
distance from body to tip of tail when at rest.  My apologies, Park Service.



From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 15:13:02 +1000
To: "Syd Curtis" <>
Cc: "Birding-aus \(E-mail\)" <>
Subject: Mimicry by Lyrebird

Beyond that, I suspect that Syd's comments are sort of being quite
particular there. Sure there is variety in the length of these bird's tail
feathers. Apart from that they are somewhat curved and it might depend on
how they are measured, also whether the feathers are measured in the bird or
moulted lose feathers.


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