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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  • Nautical N.
    2 days

    Too much record playing backwards, and not enough lyrebird.

  • Georgio
    2 days

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

  • Riley K.
    3 days

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

  • James M.
    3 days

    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.
    3 days

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

  • Thomas N.
    3 days

    Lyerbird is funniest and beautiful and brilliant birds I ever came across the is favourites how they repeat everything they hear 👍👍👍🤣😎

  • Jason W.
    3 days

    Liar bird

  • Joshua C.
    4 days

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

  • Sandy S.
    4 days

    Second one was a kookaburra not a chimpanzee!

  • Maddie D.
    5 days

    The monkey one is a kookaburraagaha

  • Paul W.
    5 days

    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.
    5 days

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

  • Dan L.
    5 days

    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.
    5 days

    That was not a monkey sound it was a kookaburra 🙄

  • Kevin W.
    5 days

    The first 2 sounds shown the second one was not a chimp it was a kookaburra... when you put something impressive on make sure you have the right sounds matched to the right creature otherwise it makes you look like a total idiot

  • Dale C.
    7 days

    That was a kookabara not a monkey🤣🤣🤣

  • Jez B.
    7 days

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

  • Irene E.
    7 days

    The lyrebird is imitating the kookaburra not monkeys....

  • Rona D.
    03/26/2020 20:32

    Cannot hear a flipping thing with this music going.

  • Dar U.
    03/26/2020 14:21

    Source of background music, please ?