Satin Bowerbird Mimicry

To: "Evan Beaver" <>
Subject: Satin Bowerbird Mimicry
From: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 18:05:54 +1000

This bird was doing exactly that, perched still amongst the foliage. However it only imitated a YTBC, perhaps its repertoire will expand as it gains maturity? I found it interesting how the Miners were acting so aggressive towards it while it was making the YTBC noise, but as soon as it changed back to the normal Bowerbird call they would fly off. This happened a couple of times.

The mimicry in Satin Bowerbirds appears very different to what I have observed in Olive-backed Orioles, which also like sit still in that same tree but show-off their full repertoire with renditions of everything from Grey Butcherbird to masked Lapwing in a jumbled up warble.

Kurtis Lindsay

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