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UOW study reveals how male lyrebird uses deceit to lure a mate

Ben Langford
By Ben Langford
Updated March 8 2021 - 1:04am, first published March 7 2021 - 11:00pm
Photos: Alex Maisey

Superb he may be, but new research shows just how deceptive the male lyrebird can be in trying to lure a partner into his den. University of Wollongong expert Dr Anastasia Dalziell spoke to Ben Langford.

Gorgeous, elusive, and an expert mimic, the Superb lyrebird is one of the world's most fascinating creatures. The male's vocal skills are well known - mimicking anything from chainsaws to toy laser guns. But new research has found he mimics the sound of a panicked flock of birds in what appears to be a bid to keep a potential mate around his mound.

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Ben Langford

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