Saturday, January 24, 2009

The amazing lyrebird of Australia

The Lyre bird does Seinfeld. Pretty funny, eh?

Except, when I went to research the bird and saw the original video that it's based on, from BBC Worldwide, I could hardly believe it. Impersonating the Kookaburra, the calls of twenty different species, car alarms, camera shutters, chainsaws.

The most elaborate, complex and beautiful birdsong in the world is from a bird that is very remarkable in many ways.

You have to see it to believe it. It's not April 1 yet, is it?


  1. The sounds were so good that I checked my calendar in case I had slept through a couple of months.

  2. Grannymar: I had the exact same reaction. I must have read at least 6 or 7 articles and googled it to pieces to see if it was some sort of hoax.

  3. We have a Mockingbird around our house who learned to mimic the "beeping" sound on our answering machine. I didn't figure it out until I went to check the machine for the 3rd time, wondering why it was beeping but not flashing? The Mockingbird was sitting on the porch rail outside the window and I swear he laughed at me. :)

    Then again, I'm not the only one he's fooled. He also learned my husband's whistle to call our dogs. The dogs have been seen running for the door, only to look confused when no one is there to open it but a smug Mockingbird sitting on the porch rail. :)