The Lyrebird Demonstrates Its Flawless Mimicry Of A Nearby Construction Site

In the following 2-minute clip, courtesy of New Scientist, a lyrebird — a ground-dwelling bird native to Australia — demonstrates its impeccable, uncanny ability to mimic artificial and natural sounds from its environment. Herein, the hugely impressive animal is recorded mimicking sounds, including those of hammers, drills, chainsaws and even human chatter, from a nearby construction site. 

The lyrebird not only can imitate the sounds of as many as 20 separate species of bird in a single song, but also is capable of imitating almost anything, be it natural or artificial. Its ability is unmatched in vocal repertoire. 

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