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Evolution's Top 10 Coolest Tricks!

By Becky Ferreira Mar 19, 2013

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Audio Mimicry

Parrots and budgies are well-known imitators of human speech, but when it comes to mimicry of even the most complex sounds, the lyrebird takes the cake (or the earthworm, as its dietary preference would dictate). Lyrebirds have the most developed vocal chords of any songbird, an adaptation they use to craft highly original songs and mimic the sounds of their environment: everything from car alarms, crying babies, symphony music, rifle shots... you name it, this bird can sample it. Check out this footage of a lyrebird imitating the sound of the camera being used to film it!

Tags: animals, jellyfish, slideshows, nature, life, evolution

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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