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THE SONG OF THE SUPERB LYREBIRD IN THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY


The song of the Superb Lytebird Menura novaehollandiae was recorded at five sltes in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.). lt was found that a number of features were common to all the songs, namely ihe species own calls and the mimicked calls of the Grey Shrike-thrush, Pled and Grey Currawongs, Red Wattlebird, Crimson Rosella and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockaioo.These features accounted fot 70-90% of each bird's total output and suggest that the repertoires of lyrebirdsin the A.C.T. are largely similar. The greatest distance between two lyrebirds sharing these similar repertoires was 70km, which is considerably further than had previously been thought.


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