Mimicry by Lyrebird

Subject: Mimicry by Lyrebird
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 23:45:24 +1000

One question: are you familiar with the Superb Lyrebird's own range of calls? Because one of its own calls which it often performs as part of its display, is a sound very much like you describe.

L.H. Smith in his book "The Life of the Lyrebird" describes it (I think) as the "clonk clonk" call.... "which may be given alone or as part of a more extended call, like 'clonk clonk clickety clickety click', with dialectal variations, which usually accompanies a series of jumps from one foot to the other." (p.98)

Here in the Blue Mountains, if you stand at any lookout in winter you're likely to hear this sound coming up from the valleys, as it carries such a long way and is sometimes the only part of the lyrebird's song that can be heard from a great distance.



At 8:50 AM -0400 13/4/07,  wrote:
to perpetuate the "myth" of lyrebirds mimcking human-made sounds ...
a couple of years back, my wife and i stood spellbound listening to a lyrebird not 5m away run through a medley of bird calls interspersed with a very unnatural sound remarkably like someone hammering a downpipe or sheet of metal. this was much louder than the mimicked calls.
it repeated the sequence a few times.
shane b

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


To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message: unsubscribe (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU