Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Lyrebird Is a Real-Life Mockingjay

by Sara N.

In the Hunger Games series, the Mockingjay plays an important symbolic role. The bird, a hybrid of mockingbirds and jabberjays, is able to mimic the songs that it hears from other birds and from humans, and it's no spoiler to say that in the books, the little bird becomes an important symbol for the rebellion.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I read an NPR article describing an Australian bird that is also a gifted mimic. Check out this amazing video of a lyrebird:

It's nice to know that if Australia is ever torn asunder and the citizens are put under the control of a violent and oppressive Capitol that forces their children to fight to the death in an ultra-bloody televised game, the people will have a symbol of hope to rally them when a leader finally rises. In the meantime, they can enjoy the sounds of avian hammer noises!

So if a lyrebird got loose in your house, what kind of noises would it start making? I'm pretty sure mine would be imitating the TiVo "ba-doop ba-doop" sound within the hour.
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1 comment:

  1. The lyrebird would most likely imitate the sound of someone saying, "Lilly, no! Bad girl!" because the resident kitten in the S. household is also the resident troublemaker and she embraces that role wholeheartedly.