The Amazing Superb Lyrebird

The Amazing  “Superb Lyrebird”
Superb Lyrebirds are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment. Lyrebirds are among Australia’s best-known native birds. The song of the Superb Lyrebird is mixture of seven elements of its own song and any number of other mimicked songs and noises. The lyrebird’s syrinx is the most complexly-muscled of the Passerines (songbirds), giving the lyrebird extraordinary ability, unmatched in vocal repertoire and mimicry. Lyrebirds render with great fidelity the individual songs of other birds and the chatter of flocks of birds, and also mimic other animals such as koalas and dingos. The lyrebird is capable of imitating almost any sound and they have been recorded mimicking human caused sounds such as a mill whistle to a cross-cut saw, chainsaws, car engines and car alarms, fire alarms, rifle-shots, camera shutters, dogs barking, crying babies, and even the human voice. As well as their extraordinary mimicking ability, lyrebirds are notable because of the striking beauty of the male bird’s huge tail when it is fanned out in display. Lyrebirds are ancient Australian animals: the Australian Museum has fossils of lyrebirds dating back to about 15 million years ago. Lyrebirds sing throughout the year, but the peak of the breeding season, from June to August, is when they sing with the most intensity.The following film is by David Attenborough ref Wikipedia

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