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The Whistler

Blue Mountains   -  Australia

NATURE

Lyrebirds in the Blue Mountains

Tourists walking along bush tracks in the Blue Mountains may hear the calls of the Superb Lyrebird and – if they're lucky – spot one performing.

Daniel Peckham came across two lyrebirds beside a trail in the Jamison Valley below Katoomba. His video shows the male bird's dancing skills and the striking plumes of his tail feathers as he tries to attract a nearby female. You'll also hear his vocal imitations of other birds, including a Kookaburra.


Next, David Attenborough explores the mimicry of the lyrebird in this famous YouTube clip.


Now for some scientific research. What are male lyrebirds doing in their extraordinary displays? Why do they make the sounds they do and what are they trying to achieve in the coordinated moves they make?


Now meet Brett - senior bird keeper at Adelaide Zoo - who talks about the zoo's famous lyrebird Chook.


Finally, enjoy a lyrebird performance recorded in 2013 by a tourist at the end of the walkway where you board the cableway to get back up to Scenic World.

The birdcalls it mimics in the video are the currawong, whipbird, crimson rosella, wattlebird and the yellow tailed black cockatoo.



Learn more about the Superb Lyrebird from Carol Probets in her article for the Conservation Society — and visit her fascinating website dedicated to birds and birding in the Blue Mountains.


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