Little Woodswallow mimicry caught on video

Subject: Little Woodswallow mimicry caught on video
From: Mark Carter <>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 08:02:55 +0100 (BST)
Hi Birders,
Some of you may recall that over a year back I posted an RFI regarding mimicry 
in Central Australian Little Woodswallows (LWS). The response was that no-one 
could find reference to it in the literature so I resolved to capture them 'at 
it' on video. After a long (wet) winter season where I heard Little Woodswallow 
in mimicry almost every day whilst trek leading on the Larapinta Trail but I 
didn't get a chance to record it, I finally pulled it off last week. The video 
is here: soundtrack is a bit quiet 
but you can clearly hear Grey Shrike-thrush calls mixed into the usual LWS 
tune.Through the winter species I have heard LWS mimic include Rufous Whistler, 
Dusky Grasswren, Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Inland 
Thornbill, Spinifexbird and a fairy-wren species (probably Variegated). I will 
endeavour to gather more footage of this excellent species' mimicry in the 
coming months and will share the
 results in the same manner.
Mark Carter
DesertLife: Bird Guiding, Wildlife Surveys & Consultancy in Australia's Red 
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