Australian wildfires: Magpie mimics sound of siren after ‘hearing so many fire trucks’

A magpie[1] has been caught on camera mimicking the sound of a siren after hearing “so many fire trucks” as wildfires[2] continue to grip Australia[3]‘s east coast. Gregory Andrews filmed the black and white bird’s novel trick in Newcastle, New South Wales[4], on Boxing Day. He shared the footage on Facebook, commenting: “This is one of the coolest things ever.

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“Today I met an Australian magpie in Newcastle NSW which had learned to sing the calls of fire-engines and ambulances.”

Copacabana Rural Fire Brigade said the bird appeared to have picked up the sound because “there have been so many emergency vehicles driving through bushfire-affected towns of New South Wales”.

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A firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the state of New South Wales

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Smoke billows from a huge bushfire that has torched over 200,000 acres of land in East Gipplsand, Victoria

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Residents look on as flames tear through bushland in Lake Tabouriee, Australia on 4 January

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Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and wildfires rage behind Lake Conjola

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A firefighting helicopter tackles a bushfire in East Gippsland, Victoria

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A firefighter gives water to a parched koala in Cudlee Creek, South Australia

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Firefighters tackle a blaze as it tears through a farm in New South Wales on 21 December

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The sky is turned red over East Gippsland as fires continue to rage through Australian bushland on 4 January

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A kangaroo near bushfires in Nowra

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An aerial view of a bushfire near Bairnsdale

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Firefighters work to tackle a blaze on the outskirts of Sydney on 31 December 2019

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A firefighting helicopter dumps water on a bushfire on the outskirts of the town of Bargo near Sydney

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Children play at the showgrounds in the southern New South Wales town of Bega where they are camping after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by bushfires

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A satellite image of the Batemans Bay showing smoke and fire from wild bushfires

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The afternoon sky glows red from bushfires in Nowra

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Burning embers cover the ground as firefighters battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra

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The sky glows red as bushfires continue to rage in Mallacoota, Victoria

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The remains of burnt out buildings along a main street in the New South Wales town of Cobargo

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Firefighters try to protect homes around Charmhaven, New South Wales

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Wildfires rage under plumes of smoke in Bairnsdale

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Business owners stand in front of their shop which was destroyed by a bushfire in Cobargo

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A helicopter dumping water on a fire in Victoria’s East Gippsland region

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Nowra

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Think smoke from bushfires fills the air in eastern Gippsland

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“Carmelised” snow caused by dust from Australian bushfires is seen near Franz Josef glacier in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

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Firefighters hose down trees as they battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra

AFP via Getty

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Smoke billowing from a fire burning at East Gippsland, Victoria.

More than 800,000 hectares have been burnt in East Gippsland

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Smoke billowing from a fire burning at East Gippsland

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Smoke and wildfire rage behind Lake Conjola

Robert Oerlemans via AP

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A house and van are seen destroyed after bushfires ravaged the town of Bilpin, west of Sydney

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A helicopter fighting a bushfire near Bairnsdale in Victoria’s East Gippsland region

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Fire and Rescue personal run to move their truck as a bushfire burns next to a major road and homes on the outskirts of the town of Bilpin

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Amy, left, and Ben Spencer sit at the showgrounds in the southern New South Wales town of Bega where they are camping after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by bushfires

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A firefighter sprays foam retardant on a back burn ahead of a fire front in the New South Wales town of Jerrawangala

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Two bushfires approach a home located on the outskirts of the town of Bargo

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Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria

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Nowra

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Property under threat from the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield

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The main street of the New South Wales town of Bombala is pictured shrouded in smoke from nearby bushfires

AFP via Getty

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A firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the state of New South Wales

AFP via Getty

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Smoke billows from a huge bushfire that has torched over 200,000 acres of land in East Gipplsand, Victoria

EPA

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Residents look on as flames tear through bushland in Lake Tabouriee, Australia on 4 January

Getty

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Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and wildfires rage behind Lake Conjola

Robert Oerlemans via AP

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A firefighting helicopter tackles a bushfire in East Gippsland, Victoria

EPA

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A firefighter gives water to a parched koala in Cudlee Creek, South Australia

AP

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Firefighters tackle a blaze as it tears through a farm in New South Wales on 21 December

AP

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The sky is turned red over East Gippsland as fires continue to rage through Australian bushland on 4 January

Getty

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A kangaroo near bushfires in Nowra

AFP/Getty

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An aerial view of a bushfire near Bairnsdale

State Government of Victoria/EPA

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Firefighters work to tackle a blaze on the outskirts of Sydney on 31 December 2019

Getty

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A firefighting helicopter dumps water on a bushfire on the outskirts of the town of Bargo near Sydney

Getty

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Children play at the showgrounds in the southern New South Wales town of Bega where they are camping after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by bushfires

AFP via Getty

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A satellite image of the Batemans Bay showing smoke and fire from wild bushfires

European Union, Copernicus Sentinel Data via REUTERS

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The afternoon sky glows red from bushfires in Nowra

AFP/Getty

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Burning embers cover the ground as firefighters battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra

AFP via Getty

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The sky glows red as bushfires continue to rage in Mallacoota, Victoria

Jonty Smith via Reuters

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The remains of burnt out buildings along a main street in the New South Wales town of Cobargo

AFP/Getty

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Firefighters try to protect homes around Charmhaven, New South Wales

NSW Rural Fire Service/AP

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Wildfires rage under plumes of smoke in Bairnsdale

Glen Morey via AP

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Business owners stand in front of their shop which was destroyed by a bushfire in Cobargo

EPA

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A helicopter dumping water on a fire in Victoria’s East Gippsland region

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning/AFP

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Nowra

AFP via Getty

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Think smoke from bushfires fills the air in eastern Gippsland

Getty

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“Carmelised” snow caused by dust from Australian bushfires is seen near Franz Josef glacier in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

Reuters

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Firefighters hose down trees as they battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra

AFP via Getty

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Smoke billowing from a fire burning at East Gippsland, Victoria. More than 800,000 hectares have been burnt in East Gippsland

EPA/DELWP Gippsland

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Smoke billowing from a fire burning at East Gippsland

EPA/DELWP Gippsland

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LIFES.A.BREEZE via Reuters

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Smoke and wildfire rage behind Lake Conjola

Robert Oerlemans via AP

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A house and van are seen destroyed after bushfires ravaged the town of Bilpin, west of Sydney

AFP via Getty

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A helicopter fighting a bushfire near Bairnsdale in Victoria’s East Gippsland region

State Government of Victoria/AFP

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Fire and Rescue personal run to move their truck as a bushfire burns next to a major road and homes on the outskirts of the town of Bilpin

Getty

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Amy, left, and Ben Spencer sit at the showgrounds in the southern New South Wales town of Bega where they are camping after being evacuated from nearby sites affected by bushfires

AFP via Getty

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A firefighter sprays foam retardant on a back burn ahead of a fire front in the New South Wales town of Jerrawangala

AFP via Getty

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Two bushfires approach a home located on the outskirts of the town of Bargo

Getty

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Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria

EPA

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Nowra

AFP via Getty

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Property under threat from the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield

EPA

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The main street of the New South Wales town of Bombala is pictured shrouded in smoke from nearby bushfires

AFP via Getty

Alexander Verbeek, from the Institute for Planetary Security, in Stockholm, suggested the video illustrated the effects of man-made climate change. He posted on Twitter: “My first tweet in the third decade of the third millennium illustrates best the sad state of our plane.

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“An Australian magpie has been hearing so many fire trucks that he has started to copy the sirens.

Yes, our house is on fire!”

On Thursday thousands of tourists fled Australia’s eastern coast as worsening conditions, fuelled by high temperatures and strong winds, are predicted over the weekend.

In New South Wales, 381 homes have been destroyed just this week and 18 people have died since the fires began burning in September.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

References

  1. ^ magpie (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ wildfires (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Australia (www.independent.co.uk)
  4. ^ New South Wales (www.independent.co.uk)
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