Mimicry by Lyrebird

To: Carl Clifford <>,
Subject: Mimicry by Lyrebird
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:03:45 +1000
Carl and others,

There was a thread about this some years ago which would be in the Birding-Aus archives. Apparently the David Attenborough lyrebird was a captive bird at Healesville Sanctuary and was raised in an environment where it heard these sounds frequently during its song-learning phase.



So, does that mean that the David Attenbourough footage of a Lyrebird imitating a camera shutter release. motor drive and a chain-saw was a fake ?
Carl Clifford

On 09/04/2007, at 12:24 AM, Syd Curtis wrote:

"May I repeat Norman's plea:  If anyone has a  recording of a lyrebird in the
wild, imitating mechanical sounds, I would be grateful to hear from them."



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