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Still Waters

Africa's bird master of vocal imitation

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Singing a duet in a foreign language isn't just for opera stars—red-capped robin-chats do it too. These orange-brown birds with grey wings can imitate the sounds of 40 other bird species, even other species' high-speed duets.

Their typical song "sounds like a long, rambling human-like whistle," Struhsaker said. But during the 18 years he spent studying and living in Kibale, Struhsaker also heard these birds impersonate the tambourine-like courtship call of the crested guineafowl, the crow of a rooster, and the "puweepuweepuwee" of a crowned eagle, among others.

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-africa-bird-master-vocal-imitation.html

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57 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

Singing a duet in a foreign language isn't just for opera stars—red-capped robin-chats do it too. These orange-brown birds with grey wings can imitate the sounds of 40 other bird species, even other species' high-speed duets.

Their typical song "sounds like a long, rambling human-like whistle," Struhsaker said. But during the 18 years he spent studying and living in Kibale, Struhsaker also heard these birds impersonate the tambourine-like courtship call of the crested guineafowl, the crow of a rooster, and the "puweepuweepuwee" of a crowned eagle, among others.

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-africa-bird-master-vocal-imitation.html

Outstanding!

We have Mockingbirds here in our yard that mimic other birds too. Their songs are awesome! A full concert one after the other. They do a cardinal imitation that sounds so real, but when we look out, they are Mockingbirds.

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At our old house when I kept bantams a starling too it along itself to imitate the clucking of one of them also it could be a curlew,lapwing, blackbird and oddly enough a male and female tawny owl sometimes we were treated to the whole repotoire

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