Andreas on March 05, 2012, 04:03:01 am
So, two possibilities:
A) The bird can mimic sounds, and has been trained to respond with certain sounds to certain verbal commands (Shotgun => Pump-action sound)  :)
B) The bird has full holographic or polymorphic shapechanging, including producing mechanical tools or synthesizing sounds  :o

I'd like it to be B, but I'm betting on A  ::) ;D


Azure Priest on March 05, 2012, 11:05:03 am
Yep. Lyra birds are notorious sound mimics. Nowra seems a bit more prepared than our "experts."

That, and he's also damned more lucky then he should ever hope to be.

Andreas on March 05, 2012, 05:13:57 pm
Yep. Lyra birds are notorious sound mimics. Nowra seems a bit more prepared than our "experts."

That, and he's also damned more lucky then he should ever hope to be.

Right! I was completely expecting this to be a GMO-pet, so I didn't even think to look up this Lyrebird.
Once I was analyzing a poem about Odysseus as part of a translation studies workshop. Someone noted that it was odd that the Lute was used, instead of the lyre. I suggested that the poet had wanted to avoid conjuring up a "liar". Same thing with Lyra Bird for Lyrebird, it's not a Liar-bird after all, but a Lai-ra bird.  ;D