To: Frank O'Connor <>
Subject: Shriketits
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:27:13 +0000
Interesting, in 2010 Darryel 'Biggles' Binns and I searched for the
northern subsp/species along the Central Arnhem Highway and failed
miserably with playback of a CD that someone had given him of the calls of
that exact race. We drove several kilometres repeating this and nothing
responded. As a last desperate attempt (near the Katherine 20 km marker), I
played the call of the eastern race and immediately three birds flew in,
responding enthusiastically.

In 30 years I've had a reasonable amount of experience of them in
Queensland and Victoria and found them to be one of the most curious
species, very respondent to 'spishing' and 'playback', but I'm not sure
that I have ever heard them 'mimicking' other species.

Hope this helps,


On 13 September 2016 at 01:34, Frank O'Connor <> wrote:

> Peter Lansley mentioned whether the shriketits should be split.
> I have no doubt about it. If you play the call of an Eastern Shriketit to
> a Western Shriketit it takes no notice.
> I spoke to Leo Joseph quite a few years ago. He thought it was likely they
> were different, but he doubted whether anyone would do the work due to the
> lack of available DNA for Northern Shriketit. George Swann can find them in
> the Kimberley over quite a wide area, but otherwise they can be difficult
> to track down as they rarely call.
> I once had a Western Shriketit imitating a Western Yellow Robin at
> Dryandra. Do the Eastern or Northern mimic?
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