Do birds have inter-specific alarm calls/language

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Subject: Do birds have inter-specific alarm calls/language
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 08:26:09 +1100
I can't imagine a Crested Pigeon "hurling abuse" at anything, let alone a 
monitor. It doesn't strike me as a mobbing species.

Has anyone else seen this?

We have them here, but not monitors. They certainly don't join in the mobbing 
of raptors, but that would be a much more dangerous activity for a pigeon.

Peter Shute

On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 6:53 PM, Ralph Reid <>wrote:

> Hi all,
> Several years ago I was on a property west of Wagga Wagga and my attention
> was drawn to two magpies screaming in a small eucalypt.  A closer view
> revealed a lace monitor about 3 metres up the tree (I don't know if the
> magpies had a nest there, the foliage was sparse but I could not see one).
> What suprised me, though, was that the magpie's alarm calls quickly drew 5
> birds of 3 different species (white-browed babbler, magpie lark, crested
> pigeon) who all joined in hurling abuse at the monitor.

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