The extraordinary lyrebird: in front and behind the camera

I was walking in the Dandenongs with my kids the other day and told them of the extraordinary capacity of the lyrebird for imitating the sounds it hears in the bush (not much in the way of human speech unlike parrots). I don’t know if they believed me about its virtuosity, but having seen and heard this video, they do now.

Courtesy of one of Google’s newer toys you can have a squiz yourself. Enjoy

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Ken Parish
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Ken Parish(@ken-parish)
15 years ago

Wow! That’s absolutely amazing! I hope he got a root. He certainly worked hard for it.

Ken Parish
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Ken Parish(@ken-parish)
15 years ago

The lyrebird, I mean, not David Attenborough. He’s well past that sort of thing.

Chris Lloyd
Chris Lloyd
15 years ago

I think David Attenborough actually gets more satisfaction from this kind of thing than the other.

Nick, how can I get the video?

Chris Lloyd
Chris Lloyd
15 years ago

I gotta say – I almost thought this was a hoax, especially when it gets onto the chain saw. I was kinda expecting the lyrebird to break into a David Attenborough impersonation at the end.

Homer Paxton
Homer Paxton
15 years ago

I hope you are not lyreing

Ken Parish
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Ken Parish(@ken-parish)
15 years ago

Not one of your best, Homer.

alan
alan
15 years ago

When my father lived up in the hills north of Warragul, a lyrebird used to fool visitors into thinking he (my father) was at home, by giving a very convincing imitation of him practicing the cornet.