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#1 2017-04-28 23:30:53

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1488

The Liar Bird (no relation)

The astounding Lyrebird is named for the fancied position of its tail feathers, thought by museum workers to resemble a lyre, though in life the feathers are not displayed like a peacock’s tail. Its uncanny ability to mimic sounds from its environment leads its almost inevitable portayal as a liar bird. I came to this one through hearing about the newly crafted ability of a computer app, Lyrebird, to spout lies in the voice of anyone.

Bird ID help
Sleepyguy asked: “It varies so much… some sound like a hawk, some like a cricket… its like a bunch of different birds but i could tell its just one.
i live in california if that helps at all”
EMKO replied: “i think its a liar bird them birds can copy any sound on earth eg machine guns other birds and animals …..just look it up on the net hope this helped

Radio contest – guess the sound
A liar bird replicating the sound of a camera

Urban lexicon
Lithios
A creature similar to a liar bird. It mimmicks the black-rap jiggy stylings of artists such as Tupac in an attempt to convince casual observers it is in fact a gangsta.

The biology of rock The unlikely pair, who found common ground in music and biology, also discussed gibbons – who sing as a couple once they have mated – and the liar bird, famous for its ability to mimic sounds.

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#2 2017-05-06 00:08:15

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2496

Re: The Liar Bird (no relation)

We are getting quite a list of zoological/botanical eggcorns. Algal boom, climbatis, colorophyll, crap apples, dieciduous, zeroscape, hybred, pompous grass. We owe a great debt of thanks to all these people who skipped language courses so they could take math and science courses.


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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