photo of drab bird on forest floorFor a feature in bioGraphic, Carly Cassella takes us deep into Australian forests to show us something scientists are just starting to realize: Female birds have remarkable vocal prowess, too. Focusing on the lyrebird — whose males’ impressive powers of mimickry are just as well-known as their showy plumage — Cassella’s story explains how females use the same powers, but for different reasons. While illustrating these magnificent birds for us, she explores how scientists could have overlooked females’ songs for so long, and how this new appreciation for their talents is enriching our understanding of evolution. Photo by Dominic Sherony via Wikimedia Commons