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Some food for thoughts on bird imitations

Some food for thoughts on bird imitations

I have been recording a few unexpected imitations recently. Here are some surprising examples and some food for thoughts on this topic. Three examples : First let’s start with a well known imitator : This Calandra Lark was imitating not less than 20 different species, including Meadow Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, Greater Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Skylark, Bee-eater, Barn Swallow, Linnet or Serin. Actually, this list of imitation fits pretty well to the list of the birds we have…

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Collared Flycatcher : One bird, a thousand sounds

Collared Flycatcher : One bird, a thousand sounds

Two weeks ago, we came across a Collared Flycatcher’s (Ficedula albicollis) nest in Zommange, Lorraine, France. There’s a small population established in these tall old forests, where the species reaches its Westernmost breeding range. Collared Flycatcher remains a rare bird in France, both during migration and in the breeding season, so that birders from Western Europe are not necessarily familiar with its vocalizations.   Watching Collared Flycatchers on their nest was a good opportunity to explore this notion of “vocal repertoire” that we often…

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