I had never heard of the lyre bird before, but apparently it rivals the mockingbird in its ability to mimic sounds and songs. Below is a brief video. It gets real interesting at the 2 minute mark when it starts making camera, car alarm and chainsaw noises:

I had also never heard of David Attenborough before but found out he has a series of 10 DVDs called Life of Birds and I’m delighted to see it’s available on Netflix instant viewing. Watching a man tread carefully in a forest as he speaks in a hushed British accent to describe the birds he sees sounds like just the thing to do this upcoming rainy weekend.

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