Lyrebirds Sing and Dance Their Way to True Love
by Danielle Crim, age 10
Lyrebirds are nature’s entertainers. These musically-inclined birds grace their habitats with song and dance.
Male lyrebirds sing and dance as an act of mating. During the six week breeding period, they perform almost all of the time. In the process of mating, lyrebirds do a combination of four different dances and songs.
Anastasia Dalziell, a biologist from James Cook University in Australia, has studied lyrebirds. Dr. Dalziell notes that while mating, male lyrebirds fan out their large tails to attract females.
The male lyrebird sings while stepping sideways in a bird version of the grapevine with its feathered tail up. Females select the more coordinated males, based on their performance.
How the lyrebirds learn their song and dance is unknown, but their routine plays a major role in mating.
[Source: New York Times]