Male Lyrebirds Lie to Get Sex

Male Lyrebirds Lie to Get Sex

[Anastasia H. Dalziell et al., Male lyrebirds create a complex acoustic illusion of a mobbing flock during courtship and copulation]The superb lyrebird, spelled l-y-r-e, is famous for its ability to imitate sounds in its local environment. Dalziell: They’re visually conspicuous. Dalziell: So we found that males didn’t produce this mobbing flock mimicry when a real predator was around—not at all. The only context in which they produced it, the mobbing flock mimicry, was during courtship and particularly at key moments. The moment she attempts to leave, steps off that dancing platform, is when the male switches to his mobbing flock mimicry.

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