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Hi, 

I was wondering, why some birds respond to their own call and some birds careless?
For example if I play White Crowned Sparrow call they quickly gather around with curiosity while it does not work for Black Capped Chickadee for example.

Does this have to do with being territorial or something? 

Thank you.

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I think this varies completely on a case-by-case basis. I have used chickadee calls many times to call in flocks of birds (not just chickadees, but titmice, warblers, gnatcatchers, etc.) many times. In fall, it may not cause as quick of a response as in spring since birds are territorial but generally birds respond to their songs just about anytime of the year. However, if say a flock of chickadees are calling a lot, a chickadee might just assume the call is a bird in the flock and not investigate. Of course this theory doesn't really hold that much water because I've called in whole flocks of chickadees before. So basically playback is very hit or miss!

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6 minutes ago, JimBob said:

I think this varies completely on a case-by-case basis. I have used chickadee calls many times to call in flocks of birds (not just chickadees, but titmice, warblers, gnatcatchers, etc.) many times. In fall, it may not cause as quick of a response as in spring since birds are territorial but generally birds respond to their songs just about anytime of the year. However, if say a flock of chickadees are calling a lot, a chickadee might just assume the call is a bird in the flock and not investigate. Of course this theory doesn't really hold that much water because I've called in whole flocks of chickadees before. So basically playback is very hit or miss!

Thank you.  I appreciate the response. 

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