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Australian Lyrebird Mimics the Sounds of Camera Shutters

Lyrebirds are ground-dwelling Australian birds that have the remarkable ability to mimic sounds, both natural and artificial. In addition to copying the calls of other birds, they imitate whatever they hear around them, including the sound of cameras if photographers are working nearby.

This short BBC clip features a Lyrebird that makes realistic camera shutter sounds (including the motordrive sound). It only runs 3 minutes, but if you want to skip to the camera-related part it’s at around 1m50s.


 
 
  • David

    This HAS to be dubbed?! Camera… plausible… chainsaws? Maybe not…

  • Tassy

    Chinny chin, chin . . .

  • http://twitter.com/taptanium Franz Taptanium

    I’ve seen birds like this one in reality. It’s true, they can make pretty much every sound. Even water drops, firing space ships, explosions, beeps, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/taptanium Franz Taptanium

    I’ve seen birds like this one in reality. It’s true, they can make pretty much every sound. Even water drops, firing space ships, explosions, beeps, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/HLimPhotography Harry Lim

    Yeah, I believed it at first until the chainsaw part.

  • Lucas
  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Haha, that’s a pretty funny clip

  • http://twitter.com/patrickahles Patrick Ahles

    Not new, but a great clip!

  • Patrick

    This is the BBC, and Attenborough. They don’t make stuff up.

  • Kenyatta Abasi

    Just to be clear. This was NOT dubbed. They are basically organic recorders of their habitat under human destruction.