Lyrebird learns rooster call

To: "Shirley Cook" <>, "Paul Dodd" <>, <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Lyrebird learns rooster call
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 23:57:48 +1100
The lyrebird in New England National Park had been in captivity and its owner, a boy, played a flute. He played a classical tune and the captive lyrebird learnt to repeat it in full. The lyrebird was released into the wild and continued to utter the flute song. Over the years the song was passed down through the generations with parts of it being lost with each generation. I have heard a lyrebird in New England National Park in recent years with part of the flute tune in its repertoire.

This story was fully documented, with an accompanying sound recording, by Neville Fenton, who is now retired from his NPWS ranger and regional manager position.

Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing

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