Cockatoos have regional accents?

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Subject: Cockatoos have regional accents?
From: "Donald G. Kimball" <>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:38:44 -0700
Hi folks:

Last Sept when I was filming Major Mitchells at Wyperfeld National Park in
Western Victoria I was very surprised to take note of their calls.  It
wasnt just one but several I heard calling that sounded dramatically
different than the ones I had filmed previously at Bowra Station.  So much
so that I knew it was a cockatoo but didnt even recognize the Victoria
birds as Majors at all.

Once I got used to this regional accent I was good to go and able to
identify them from a long distance.  Has anyone else noticed regional
differences in cockatoos calls?


Don Kimball
Avian Discovery Tours
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