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Vocal mimicry by sunbirds and the first record of mimicry by Dusky Sunbird Cinnyris fuscus

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Vocal mimicry is rarely observed among members of the Nectariniidae (sunbirds), with the only African species known to do so regularly being Socotra Sunbird Chalcomitra balfouri. Here I document and describe for the first time vocal mimicry by Dusky Sunbird Cinnyris fuscus, with the aid of audiospectrograms. In west-central Namibia, singing male Dusky Sunbirds were recorded to include in their songs mimicry of at least 13 other bird species.
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Keywords: Nectariniidae; mimicry; sunbirds; vocalisation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, PO Box 13404, Jos, Nigeria; and DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa , Email: [email protected]

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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