Tuesday, December 13, 2005

PBS Deserves a Big Hug: Freaky Birds

Okay, the program wasn't called "Freaky Birds". It was actually "Song of the Earth" and talked about the origins of human music, the nature of music, and songs/music found in animals.

But, there were some freaky birds. I'm referring especially to the Lyre bird (Superb Lyrebird), which has an uncanny ability to mimic the sounds of other birds, as well as man made sounds, and sometimes even humans.

Here is one of my favorite Lyre bird recordings, at around the 1:40 mark you'll hear it imitating the sound of a chainsaw. In another one (which sadly, now I cannot find) it imitates the sounds of a construction site. It's damned good at car alarms too. So, freaky, right?

Freaky cool, that is.

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