During his courtship ritual, the lyrebird of Australia has an uncanny ability to imitate any sound, whether natural or man-made. In this BBC video with David Attenborough, listen as the bird imitates not only other birds, but the shutter of a camera (including a camera with a motor drive), a car alarm, and foresters with a chainsaw. These videos seem fake, because it’s difficult to imagine a wild bird imitating what it is imitating.
In this video from the Adelaide Zoo in Australia, the Superb Lyrebird (named Chook) imitates construction noises, such as hammers, saws, leaf blowers, two-way radios, a worker whistling and more.
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