Re: FW: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mimicry by Lyrebird

Subject: Re: FW: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mimicry by Lyrebird
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 18:54:04 +1000
I've also listened to many lyrebirds in the Blue Mountains and never recognised a sound like a steam train, whistle or otherwise. But the Blue Mountains is a large area. I'd be interested to know if anyone has heard of an actual location for this story. I'll be glad to check it out. The displaying season is soon to start.


At 1:03 PM +1000 10/4/07, Andrew Taylor wrote:
On Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 12:07:39PM +1000, Bob Dawson wrote:
 One other story I have heard but have no conirmation of is Lyrebirds
 in the Blue mountains still doing steam trains in an area where
 there have been no steam trains for 50 years or more. This would
 be an example if true of birds in the wild doing a mechanical sound
 and also passing it from generation to generation.

Steam trains can still be heard by some Blue Mountains lyrebirds, daily
at the Lithgow Zig-Zag, maybe weekends at Valley Heights and occasional
tourist trips across the mountain.  I've heard quite a few lyrebirds in
the Blue Mountains without recognizing a steam train imitation.  Is it
said to be the whistle. which might be a challenge for their syringes,
or the pistons?


Carol Probets
Guided birding in the Blue Mountains & Capertee Valley
PO Box 330
Katoomba NSW 2780

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