A silly question. A few days ago I observed a very vocal bird with impressive vocal variety. It was rapidly switching from one tune to the next. After sometime I realized that the bird might be mimicking the 6-8 tone car alarm (the one that rapidly changes). Is this my imagination, or are birds really know to mimic/compete with car alarms?
You would be amazed at the vocal abilities of the lyrebird. A car alarm is easy for them; they can mimic much more complicated sounds.
Here's a snippet from a David Attenborough BBC documentary on YouTube (which includes the car alarm example, among others). They are so skilled, it's hard not to think this video is fake.