What Does the Lyrebird Hear? Trouble With Birdsong in the Anthropocene

Wojciech Krzyżanowski


Human-made noise pollutes the Earth further every day. It is important to investigate how that process affects the whole biosphere. I present a symbolic case of the Australian lyrebird, which is a songbird that mimics the sounds of its surroundings. Today its songs sound like chainsaw and other heavy machinery. All animal species are polluted by human noise to some extent. There are many studies about sonic perception in animals, but it seems that this knowledge is still hardly popularised. The phenomenon of sharing sounds between humans and other animals may also be better understood by new approaches to studies on cultural evolution.

Słowa kluczowe: Lyrebird, Anthropocene, birdsong, memetics

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