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load class listener - not for static functions?

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I have written a listener to extend XenForo_Model_Avatar and in the extended class I have overwritten
"public static function gravatarExists" .
Surprisingly, the new function in the extended class is not called, but the function in the parent class.
I suppose this is due to the fact, that the function is static?
Is this true or did I make something wrong?