Grey Shrike-thrush mimickry

Thinking about yesterday’s post from Kirri Hardy on a Pied Butcherbird mimicking a Spangled Drongo…
I have a bush block adjacent to a birders’ haunt well known to Victorians—Rise and Shine Bush Reserve. My neighbour’s block is a Noisy Miner hangout (with the consequent reduction in bird species diversity) and every time I hear a Noisy Miner call at my place I have a fleeting panic that I am about to be invaded and colonised by these gangsters. But, more often than not when I hear a Noisy Miner call and track it down I find a Grey Shrike-thrush has mimicked the call. Phew!
Dave Dickson



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