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The male attracts females by probably the most extravagant animal call in the world. The male mimics all the sounds from the forest, whether that is the calls of other birds, or even the roar of a chainsaw, the screech of a car alarm and the click of camera shutters. Lyrebirds display this vocal virtuosity not just during the breeding season, implying the calls are not just about finding a mate but also used to defend territory.[1] During the breeding season they use a display mound to sing from for hours, with the calls travelling up to a kilometre through the forest. The BBC video of the Lyrebird is very funny and was voted by viewers as their favourite Attenborough moment.

Location

The map shows the location of Healesville Sanctuary but the Lyrebird can be seen elsewhere in south-eastern Australia.

superb Lyrebird

superb Lyrebird

Credits

Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos
[1] http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/Lyrebirds.htm