moodyaesop: Now THAT is a legacy.
OrionMessier: I was skeptical when I first saw Attenborough’s piece on the lyrebird years ago, I thought it was a little audio trickery for the sake of a joke, but after watching [this](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSZtoXIb7do), I’m convinced. They’re incredible.
IronicMetamodernism: Memes for birds.
downvolt: One of my earliest childhood memories is that the swing in the local park was rusty and had a very distinctive squeak, which the lyrebirds copied, so you could still hear the swing for years after it had been replaced.
fapfapfapmaster: This is really blowing my mind how a man’s music can live on in the wild.
Ikeddit: Does that mean that this dude’s flute melodies worked so well at picking up the ladies, that every other bird had to learn them too to even compete?
dumpsta_baby: Some needs to start playing Rick Astley to a lyre bird on a loop right now!
Lets Rickroll the future!
mowbuss: I have a pet australian magpie that i rescued as a baby. She had a broken leg, which has never healed properly as it broke too high to be pinned.
Anyway, she doesnt speak magpie. Instead she copies what ever i can whistle, then adds her own twists. Like ship to shore theme, super mario theme, some zelda ocarina of time melodies, and a Beethoven song. Currently teaching her the harry potter tune.
Now, the interesting part is that some birds nearby have started to copy her, much to my suprise.
rycar88: Chuck! Chuck, it’s Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!
FattyCorpuscle: Dear god, imagine being lost in a forest that contains a population of lyrebirds that picked up melodies from Nickelback’s lyrebird.
rwjetlife: I was so fascinated by [the David Attenborough lyrebird video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y) the first time that I watched it that I thought for sure someone had edited the footage. For those that haven’t seen it, this bird can mimic 20 other birds, even fooling the real bird whose call it mimics. It can also mimic the sound of camera shutters, car alarms, and chainsaws.
garf6696: Year 2070 thousands of birds greet eachother with the piano melody from Still Dre
Crestav: I found some recordings of this, in case anyone wants to hear it:
Frem: Does anyone have a video of the birds singing these melodies? Chainsaw sounds seem to be way more popular with them in YouTube videos.
thedarkhaze: So in theory all bird songs could be from some prehistoric Neanderthal that taught his pet bird some melody?
Seldinger_Technique: And that’s how Mockingjays were invented
LHOOQatme: Another day, another tiny website driven offline by the reddit collective beast
howlingchief: Lyrebirds are pretty cool. Unfortunately they were introduced to Tasmania and aren’t good for the ecosystem there.
We nearly hit one on the way to a preserve. A staffer said that we should’ve hit it.
Donger69: This really is awesome. It’s the little things, sometimes.
fullicat: That is some cosmic level beauty. Every human on earth might have died out, and they would still be singing his song.
thisisgrey: As a flute player myself, he probably released the bird because he kept singing back the man’s mistakes. Forever mocking him.
Aisle_of_tits: That’s so crazy to see that on Reddit! I’m a nature photographer and lyrebirds are one of my main focuses. I actually took some video that made it into Planet Earth II, check the link for David Attenborough narrating my piece!
8cupsofoil: There was actually a story like that I heard around Walhalla in Victoria, Australia! Difference was that it was an old man that used to play his flute on his veranda for about years, and when he passed away all the lyrebirds in the area had picked up his music and kept singing it.
I could fully believe it, I’ve heard lyrebirds copying chainsaws and tree felling when I go bushwalking so a flute would probably be quite interesting for them!
CrUsTyMuFfIn123: Thats probably one of the best forms of immortality
commiedad: The disregard for cultural transmission in other species is one of the most mindboggling failures of anthropology
reize: Filesharing before filesharing was even a thing. Or the internet.
Rogue_Spirit: Don’t believe it. They’re lyres.
Griffisimo: So now we can just let lyrebirds listen to we are number one, and it will truly never die.
rolexdiamonds: Time to teach some lyrebirds how to sing Mask Off.
01Triton10: Someone needs to teach them Surfin Bird.
canhazcheezburger: So you mean to tell me if I play 21savage for one bird then I can get all
Birds to chirp that?
batfiend: There’s one out there teaching others what my car alarm sounds like.
It used to just be him out there getting bird pussy and tricking me into coming outside. Now there’s a bunch of them.
ewalt1981: Guys we have to make sure Nickleback never buys a Lyre bird.
jangles-n-tangles: This fact makes me happy.
DysenteryShawn: About to buy hella pet lyrebirds and learn to play the flute
RMeagherAtroefy: I thought it was cool that when they went through Eric Dolphy’s apartment after he died they found a bunch of transcriptions of bird songs. This is even cooler.
JMEEKER86: Back in high school my alarm played Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and sometimes I’d hear a bird singing it. I went off to college and when I came back on break he was still singing it.