Monday, August 10, 2009

Lyre, Lyre, Pants On Fire

That's Not How You Do It, Mate

A lyrebird at Adelaide Zoo has been amusing staff and visitors by mimicking the sounds of construction machinery during work on a new enclosure and a new zoo entrance. Associate Professor David Paton, an ornithologist at Adelaide University, says lyrebirds are mimics and the calls are all about attracting a mate.

FOOTNOTE: Pneumatic dill.

11 comments:

jinksy said...

Thinks:- How does a lady Lyre Bird ever tell whether her Lyre Bird mate is a liar? She couldn't believe a sound he makes...

Pouty Lips said...

Pneumonic drill, I'd say. But then again, do birds have itty bitty lungs? I'm thinking they do.

Maggie May said...

How funny!
There is a local black bird here, that sings its song and then adds a noise like an alarm from a vehicle that it must hear regularly. Really weird but clever!

i beati said...

I love the David Attenborough film documentary ..sk

darsden said...

We have a mockingbird that trys to sound like a hawk! It cracks me up and I tell him, he isn't fooling anybody ;-)

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Many giggles this brought on a Sunday morning. Thanks!

Tranquility said...

Haha... perhaps it's a girl bird - making power tool sounds to attract the men? ;)

Kay said...

haha...guess they did not get the memo that females run from construction mating calls :)

gaelikaa said...

How would imitating a construction site attract a mate, I ask myself?

Mariana Soffer said...

Quite an interesting subject, the filrting among birds? Now I wonder how does this guy studing birds does his job with all the noice that is produced in the paragraph described above? Did they invenved a new genetically modified bird race that does not hear? So how do they communicate then? Seems like a sad idea

Shrinky said...

He'd best beware of what he wishes for (ouch, makes my eyes water just thinking about it), I'm surprised they are not an endangered species..