Mimicry by Grey Butcherbird and others (was GreyButcherbird mimicry)

To: "Margaret Cameron" <>, "michael norris" <>, <>
Subject: Mimicry by Grey Butcherbird and others (was GreyButcherbird mimicry)
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 13:32:12 +1100
Hi Margaret,

I wrote a short note on mimicry by the Olive-backed Oriole and Spangled Drongo for Australian Birds in 1982 - 'Some records of the Olive-backed Oriole and Spangled Drongo mimicking other bird's calls' (1982) Aust. Birds 16: 62-63.

In this note I describe hearing an Olive-backed Oriole at Iluka, north coast NSW, mimicking the calls of at least 13 other bird species. They were the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Grey Butcherbird, Noisy Miner, Eastern Rosella (two duetting), Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Lewin's Honeyeater, Grey Shrike-thrush, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Australasian Figbird, Little Wattlebird, Rufous Whistler, Eastern Whipbird, and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike. There were a couple of other calls that I couldn't identify, one of which was probably the White-eared Monarch's. Orioles at South Grafton were record mimicking some of these calls as well as the Australian King-Parrot, Whistling Kite, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater and Pied Butcherbird.

So you can see that Orioles can and do mimic a variety of birds' calls both large and small and predatory and non-predatory.


Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing

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