These birds can mimic many sounds from their environment

[Sound on 🔔] What you're hearing is one of the most complex songs in the animal kingdom.

Lyrebird: the Siren of Australia

What is a lyrebird?

Living exclusively in the rainforests of eastern Australia, lyrebirds belong to either of 2 ground-dwelling species: the superb lyrebird or Albert’s lyrebird. The first lyrebird was discovered in 1798 by European scientists, but it was not determined to be a superb lyrebird until 1800 by Major-General Thomas Davies. While the superb lyrebird is safely in the “least concerned” conservation status, Albert’s lyrebirds are “near threatened” with only 3,500 breeding birds. The two birds can also be distinguished from each other by the superb’s slightly larger size, less reddish color, and more ornate tail feathers.

The sounds they make, which are far more varied than those of most other birds, are produced by their syrinx, a highly developed vocal organ. With this organ, the birds can mimic natural sounds from their environment, they can also produce sounds similar to those made by humans or other species. During the courtship ritual, the male superb lyrebird combines its song with feather movements to seduce females. Other notes and specific whistles are used to mark their presence within a territory or warn others of danger. At times, lyrebird songs can even last for several hours.

How to protect them

BirdLife Australia is a wildlife conservation group whose main objective is to rescue Australian birds from dipping in conservation status. Many birds lost more than a third of their habitat to the tragic fires of November 2019. The organization relies on donations to send out emergency survey teams to find threatened birds, translocate threatened birds, protect refuges from predators, install nesting boxes, and support general recovery. Also, the Australian Conservation Foundation is a community that prioritizes forests, rivers, and wildlife. Hopefully, with their combined efforts, Albert’s lyrebirds will move back to least concerned.


01/08/2020 5:08 PM


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  • Rajani L.
    04/03/2020 18:37

    So pleasant to listen the sound

  • Rajani L.
    04/03/2020 18:36

    So amazing

  • Nautical N.
    04/01/2020 00:11

    Too much record playing backwards, and not enough lyrebird.

  • Georgio
    03/31/2020 23:32

    Ffs! The sound after the lasers is a bloody kookaburra! Not apes!

  • Riley K.
    03/31/2020 06:44

    did they mistake a fkn Kookaburra with a Monkey!?!?

  • James M.
    03/31/2020 06:32

    The map showing the habitat for these guys down eastern Australia is no where near correct. Rainforest in Australia is logged and only around 10 percent of what this map shows is left. It's the same with the Cassowary..

  • Frank W.
    03/31/2020 06:26

    I would like to hear the bird rather than the stupid bloody music

  • Thomas N.
    03/30/2020 22:42

    Lyerbird is funniest and beautiful and brilliant birds I ever came across the is favourites how they repeat everything they hear đŸ‘đŸ‘đŸ‘đŸ€ŁđŸ˜Ž

  • Jason W.
    03/30/2020 11:50

    Liar bird

  • Joshua C.
    03/30/2020 03:46

    The 2nd sound it was making was a kookaburra not monkeys

  • Sandy S.
    03/29/2020 19:58

    Second one was a kookaburra not a chimpanzee!

  • Maddie D.
    03/29/2020 09:08

    The monkey one is a kookaburraagaha

  • Paul W.
    03/29/2020 08:16

    Pretty poor documentary on what these little guys can do!!, they can even mimic chainsaws and pretty much everything it hears!, cool little bird we got here.

  • Syed H.
    03/29/2020 03:54

    this is the bird I was talking about, the one that crossed our car on our way to Lake Mountain.

  • Dan L.
    03/29/2020 00:27

    I hate it when someone who is trying to get their crumby music played over the video ruins the video! What do you want us to hear, your music or your video?

  • Lockie T.
    03/28/2020 22:49

    That was not a monkey sound it was a kookaburra 🙄

  • Dale C.
    03/27/2020 05:49

    That was a kookabara not a monkeyđŸ€ŁđŸ€ŁđŸ€Ł

  • Jez B.
    03/27/2020 02:06

    Poor show of what this bird is capable of in my lowly opinion, badly portrayed too!

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