The Lyrebird: A Documentary Study of Its Song

The Lyrebird: A Documentary Study of Its Song

P. Bruce FW06116 / FX 6116

Hear the beautiful songs of the lyrebird, long recognized as the "greatest mimic in the world," recorded near Melbourne, Australia, by ornithologist K.C. Halafoff and Peter Bruce. Extensive liner notes discuss the musical value of the lyrebird song, which "actually amounts to an orchestra administered on solo lines."

Year Released 1966
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Science & Nature; Sounds
Country(s) Australia
Subject(s) Nature; Sound effects

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101 Explanation and Demonstration: Introduction P. Bruce 3:53
102 Explanation and Demonstration: Song - Mature Bird P. Bruce 3:17
103 Explanation and Demonstration: Song - Young Bird P. Bruce 2:29
104 Explanation and Demonstration: Dance Music P. Bruce 2:04
105 Explanation and Demonstration: Courting Song P. Bruce 5:59
106 Explanation and Demonstration: Message Reception P. Bruce 1:20
107 Explanation and Demonstration: Feeding Chatter P. Bruce 2:24
201 Analysis: Introduction P. Bruce 4:14
202 Analysis: Oil Can Clicks P. Bruce 2:12
203 Analysis: Stanza Melody P. Bruce 1:20
204 Analysis: Variations in Stanza Melody P. Bruce 3:31
205 Analysis: Multiple Calls from One Bird P. Bruce 2:04
206 Analysis: Group Singing P. Bruce 1:29
207 Analysis: Imitation P. Bruce 1:21
208 Analysis: Conclusion P. Bruce 1:53
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