This is the story of the lyrebird from Australia, named because of the shape of the feathers of his tail, which is like a lyre. He attracts females by imitating the sounds from his surroundings, including the calls of other birds. Recent times have brought new sounds to the forest. The lyrebird now imitates sounds and songs from radios, car alarms, mobile phones, and the clicking of photo camera shutters…
The lyrebird now imitates the sounds of the chainsaw that is cutting the trees on which he lives.
drawing for Safir newspaper, october 2008
(translated text: Daniela Peluso)