Are male lyrebirds lying to get the girl? It looks like they might be, say researchers.
- Male lyrebirds are known to be clever mimics
- Now they have been recorded imitating, with “remarkable accuracy”, a flock of birds sounding a predator alarm
- Scientists think this false signal of danger is designed to scare females into mating with them
Lyrebirds are famous for their mimicry, but a new study suggests their calls aren’t always “honest” signals.
It found when a female lyrebird goes to leave…