This bird mimicked some sounds people were making. It's both amazing and disturbing.
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We've always known that some birds can do pretty spectacular things when it comes to mimicking what they hear. But this one is really telling.

On a spring morning, you might hear the melodies of songbirds looking for a mate. Most songbirds listen to their parents and mimic them β€” pretty much the same way humans do. However, some types of birds learn other noises and repeat them β€” even human noises.


That's exactly what the lyrebird does. It copies what it hears.

Not only was this male lyrebird born with a beautiful voice, but he uses those killer pipes (and funky feathers) to attract a mate by copying what he hears. He's so darn good at singing the songs of other birds that he tricks females from different species into coming to check him out. Rawr!

But the lyrebird is getting kicked out of its home.

Not to be Debbie Downer, but Australia has lost 40% of its forests since colonization, and that's where the lyrebird lives.

How do we know?

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the lyrebird probably had never seen a human. But now, humans are part of the bird's daily life. In fact, the lyrebird is learning to mimic us!

You see, when the bird wants to show off to a potential mate, he incorporates other sounds he hears in the forest. For example, at 1:52 in this video from BBC Worldwide, he mimics a camera shutter. (Cute, right?) At 2:12, he steps up his badass mating game and adds a camera with a motor drive. A car alarm comes in at 2:20.

But the biggest shocker of all comes at 2:30.

He mimics the sounds of chainsaws cutting down his home.

That shows just how real the deforestation is. And it's happening fast.

Forests make up 31% of our Earth, and up to 58,000 square miles are lost down every year. That's 36 football pitches (aka soccer fields) every minute! To put that into perspective, if it took you about four minutes to read this (and watch the video), we lost about 140 soccer fields of oxygen-producing forest in that time. Yikes.

Deforestation is about wonderful species like the lyrebird losing their homes. Finding a solution isn't easy, but we need to protect the future of our natural world. Share if you agree.

When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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