Earlier we showed you the amazing structures that bowerbirds build, like little avian architects, to attract mates. But this other bird's mating display is even crazier.
To woo females, male lyrebirds sing songs. The problem is competition: If another nearby lyrebird has a more complicated song, the female will fly there first. So to even their chances, lyrebirds essentially "pirate" the songs around them, reproducing them perfectly.
When they live close to a human environment, this piracy can have unintended effects. Because the lyrebird doesn't know what is a song and what isn't, they'll mimic whatever they hear. In this footage, we hear a lyrebird that has been exposed to a human construction site—and it is astonishing. You'll hear what sounds like a Sawzall cutting steel studs, the unmistakable staccato whine of a power driver, boards being dropped, a hammer tapping wood studs into place, and even a construction worker's voice and laugh!