It was a simple, ancient tale of good and bad - or more specifically two bellbird brothers and a blue-tongued lizard man called Lungkata.
There seemed genuine sadness in his eyes as he explained Uluru's spiritual meaning to the Anangu Aborigines who've lived beneath it for 22,000 years, and how clambering all over its sacred ground is as disrespectful to them as Lungkata was to the bellbird brothers when stealing their meat.
Male bellbirds pick conspicuous perches to strut their stuff, often in gaps in the forest canopy.
A study of bellbirds that he and Wenny published in the May 26 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences represents the first documented example of directed dispersal for tropical trees, Levey says.
A seed that's dispersed by a bellbird has a better chance of surviving as a seedling," says Wenny These seedlings were only half as likely to catch a fungus disease, perhaps because bellbirds perch in relatively sunny spots.
A three-wattled bellbird waggling and booming to impress a female may be the best friend a tropical fruit ever had.
Directed seed dispersai by bellbirds
in a tropical cloud forest.
Here we provide behavioral evidence for song learning among Procnias bellbirds, cotingas that are firmly embedded within the suboscine Tyranni.
During July 1999-2002, and again in 2011, male Three-wattled Bellbirds (Procnias tricarunculata) were recorded intensively at Monteverde, Costa Rica.
In Arapongas, Brazil, Fandino-Marino walked the streets of town during 1998, listening to sounds of captive Bare-throated Bellbirds (Procnias nudicollis) that many aviculturists kept in the town.
Many greenish, streaked immature bellbirds which were 3 and possibly 2 years old already sang complete song repertoires, with all of the song elements for either the Monteverde or Talamanca dialect.
The cotingas, bellbirds, umbrellabirds and other species.
Studies have shown that nesting success of the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola) and Bearded Bellbird (Procnias averano) are low because of unfavorable climatic factors and predation (Snow 2004).
Young Three-wattled Bellbirds
(Procnias tricarunculatus) take 6-7 years to perfect their dialects and it can be expected that other members in the family can take several years to perform their adult vocalizations.
Genetic evidence supports song-learning in the Three-wattled Bellbird
Procnias tricarunculata (Cotingidae).