There is no better place to look for wonder worth sharing, than diving into Mother Nature’s wild design book! Do you know about the remarkable Lyrebird? This is one member of the avian world that stands out, not just for its wild plumage but in its mating calls that often mimic the man-made world! Ready for a smile? Read on!
The superb lyrebird of southeastern Australia has a strange ritual for attracting a mate. After clearing an area to act as his stage, he begins calling. His song does not stick to traditional phrasing, instead, he incorporates the sounds of chainsaws, other birds, dogs, and cameras into his singing.
For a closer look at these astonishing singers, we join David Attenborough and BBC Worldwide in Australia…
The vast range of noises these birds are able to mimic is truly incredible. Perhaps, most fascinatingly, they are not just limited to the sounds of the natural world.
Here’s another fellow singing his heart out and including construction noises into his composition! This one is brought to us by the great channel, New Scientist.
Finally, I want to take us back to our first video. This year Sir David Attenborough turned 90 and to commemorate his incredible career in natural history the BBC is running a celebration of his work. They have a great web series that re-imagines some of Attenborough’s most famous encounters with a hilarious twist.
So, there you are! Hopefully, a little more knowledgeable about this planet than when you started.
What remarkable neighbors we have in the natural world! Perhaps, if we took the time to learn more about the other creatures on this planet could not only do a better job taking care of them, but also re-inspire our own sense of wonder about the world around us!
Stay beautiful & keep laughing!
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge
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- “Amazing! Bird Sounds from the Lyre Bird – David Attenborough – BBC Wildlife.” YouTube. BBCWorldwide, 12 Feb. 2007. Web. 15 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y>. ↩
- “Lyrebird Mimics Construction Sounds.” YouTube. New Scientist, 29 Apr. 2015. Web. 15 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0ZffIh0-NA>. ↩
- “The Day the Lyrebird Met David Attenborough – Attenborough at 90 – BBC.”YouTube. BBC, 06 May 2016. Web. 15 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRbXjVd_Lgc>. ↩