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October 14th, 2007
05:49 pm
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Parson bird

More usually known by its Maori name, the Tui has twin voice-boxes, and an unusual song.
They are also remarkable imitators. I'm pretty sure these vids weren't faked, but I do know there was at least one tui around our bach which could do a fair imitation of the lawnmower. Why it thought imitating the lawnmower was a good idea we'll never know.

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Date:October 14th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
That's a lovely photo. I'm so fond of the Tui. I love their body language when they sing - all stretched out necks and bobbing up and down.

Who knows what captures the fancy of mimics. A friend of mine had a parrot who simply loved to imitate the sound of the toilet flushing. Over and over and over again.
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Date:October 14th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I can see that having a positive feedback effect if there was someone present who was um -affected- by the sound of running water.

I did hear somewhere a rather poetic theory - that since tui are such good imitators, and young tui learn their song from their parents, that there may be preserved in tui-song the sounds of the prehistoric NZ forest.
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Date:October 15th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
I very, very much like that idea... *hopes it's true*
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