Superb Lyrebird

Subject: Superb Lyrebird
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 11:50:53 +1000
Speaking of lyrebirds.....  Deirdre Morton told me a wonderful story a few
weeks ago, and I'm sure she wouldn't mind me relaying it here. Like Jill,
Deirdre lives in the mid Blue Mountains and her place backs onto bushland
where there is a resident Superb Lyrebird. One day during August, she heard
the lyrebird's frantic alarm calls, the bird obviously running up and down
and around the gully while calling. (Anyone who has heard a lyrebird's
alarm call will know how fearsome it is - an incredible ear-splitting

Deirdre went out to see what all the commotion was about, and there was the
female lyrebird chasing a big tabby cat! I'm not sure whether it was feral
or someone's roaming moggy, but the cat was running for its life!!

Perhaps this helps to explain why lyrebirds have a relatively high breeding
success rate, especially when compared to other ground-feeding and
low-nesting birds. I like it!



Carol Probets
Katoomba in the upper Blue Mountains, NSW
(100km west of Sydney)

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