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Mimicry behaviour of the lyrebird
David Attenborough visits the forests of southern Australia to observe the lyrebird and listen to its complex and elaborate song. The lyrebird clears a space on the forest floor as a concert platform to show off its extraordinary array of calls. Mimicking the songs of at least 20 different species of bird as well as other sounds from the forest: a camera shutter, a car alarm and a chainsaw. This performance is an example of the extravagance of male courtship displays. First broadcast in the series 'Life of Birds' in 1998.
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