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Fooling the experts: Accurate vocal mimicry in the song of the superb lyrebird, Menura novaehollandiae

Dalziell, Anastasia; Magrath, Robert D


The degree of resemblance between mimics and models provides valuable insight into the evolutionary dynamics of mimicry signalling systems, but for many systems mimetic resemblance has not been quantified. Superb lyrebirds have a reputation for accurately imitating an astonishing variety of sounds that they incorporate into their sexual displays. We assessed the accuracy with which males imitate the complex song of the grey shrike-thrush, Colluricincla harmonica. We measured vocal accuracy by...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.03.009


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