New species of bird named after President Trump

Saturday, 4 March 2017

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The Drumpfia lyre bird is expected to be extinct within four years

An Australian bird discovered this year has been given the unusual distinction of being named after the current US president, due to surprising similarities in their behaviour. Researchers at the University of Wagga Wagga have officially called the bird Menura Drumpfia in honour of President Trump.

The newly found species is a lyre bird. It tweets regularly to announce its defecation to nearby individuals. The male of the species is surprisingly sexually aggressive, often poking a wing at the female's genitals to initiate contact. However, in a series of tests the bird appeared to prefer to mate with a plastic rubber duck than another member of its own species.

It is also unusual in that it doesn't build a nest, but instead attempts to construct a giant wall of twigs and feathers, the purpose of which is still unclear but it appears to be mostly for display. Walls built by the bird were consistently too flimsy to keep away enemies, of which the Drumpfia has many.

The new lyre bird has one final feature which persuaded researchers to give it its name. The bird can make a call which imitates large numbers of its kind. It does this regularly to give the impression that there are many followers in its family unit even when very few are actually present.

Sadly, the bird is very rare and is expected to be extinct within four years.

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