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Weird and Wonderful

September 28, 2019

Australia hosts many unique and unusual creatures that I feel deserves this special category of Weird and Wonderful.
At the top of this list is most certainly the Superb Lyrebird.

Superb Lyrebird

The Superb Lyrebird is one of the world's largest songbirds, and is renowned for its elaborate tail and courtship displays, and its excellent mimicryIt is capable of mimicking both natural and mechanical sounds imitated and joined together in a rousing medley.Listen to this male bird belting out dozens of different sounds including a whipbird, currawong, cockatoo, lorikeet, kookaburra, wattlebird, rosella, robin, rock-warbler, thornbill and many more as well as mechanical sounds that I could only guess. 

Satin Bower Bird 

Satin Bowerbirds, specifically the males are notorious for their love of blue things.The adult male has that striking glossy blue-black plumage, and a violet-blue eye.Males construct their bower, not as a nest, but as a bachelor pad – a place to impress the ladies!There are usually multiple bowers found in an area (called a lek) and the competing males all try to attract the attention of visiting females.Their bowers are always constructed on the ground in a north-south direction and they use interlaced sticks.Blue flowers, berries, bottle tops, pens, pegs and basically anything blue they can find are laid carefully around the bower.Once he attracts a female with his decorating skills, he also performs a ritualistic dance.If she is impressed, she will mate with him but that is where their relationship ends.He waits for the next female to come along, she goes off and builds a nest and raises her young (usually a clutch of 2 or 3), alone.

 

Satin Bower Bird (male)

 Bower Bird (female)

Superb Lyrebird (pair) 

 

 

 

 

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