Meet the real mockingbird: Lyrebird that imitates laser guns perfectly

Straits Times Animal Antics

With a name like the lyrebird's, you'd expect it to charmingly chirp a melodic birdsong.

But the one captured in this video defies assumptions to imitate... sounds of laser gun shots.  Its realistic rendition may make a person who hears it without context run for shelter.

The lyrebird, named for its lyre-shaped tail plume which is used for courtship displays, is a ground-dwelling bird from Australia with a stunning capacity to mimic a wide variety of natural and artificial noises.

Though it makes these calls throughout the year, these hit a fevered pitch during the breeding season - between June and August every year.