THE SONG OF THE SUPERB LYREBIRD IN THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
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|| Ian Taylor
The song of the Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae
was recorded at five
sites in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.). It was found that a number of features
were common to all the songs. namely the species own calls and the mimicked calls
of the Grey Shrike-thrush. Pied and Grey Currawongs, Red Wattlebird. Crimson Rosella
and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. These features accounted for 70-90% of each bird's
total output and suggest that the repertoires of lyrebirds in the A.C.T. are largely similar.
The greatest distance between two lyrebirds sharing these similar repertoires was 70 km,
which is considerably further than had previously been thought.
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