Lyrebird learns rooster call

Subject: Lyrebird learns rooster call
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 17:54:50 +1100
My brother has a holiday shack at Rubicon (Vic.), not so far from Thornton. Recently he discovered a large domestic rooster dumped in the vicinity - by his description probably a Light Sussex. It was scratching about and crowing from time to time. Fortunately some passers-by were willing to take it away to an animal shelter.

He was thinking 'Great, no more morning rooster racket', when there was another 'Cock-a-doodle-doo!' from up the ridge - the local Lyrebird had learnt the call and was repeating it. It had the call almost right - but could not quite manage the last note - perhaps too high?

We are wondering how long it takes a Lyrebird to learn a new call to add to its repertoire, and how long it will keep it. There are no other poultry for miles.

Anthea Fleming

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