The Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)
This photo is of an immature male Lyrebird.
The Lyrebird is a fairly unremarkable bird to look at. It hides in the understory of moist temperate rainforests and scratches around digging through the soft soils and leaf litter for food.
Whilst the lyrebird certainly doesn't win the fashion stakes, the male does have quite a remarkable display to attract the female of the species. The tail when erect displays a stunning array of plumage that is the shape of a lyre (an ancient stringed instrument). Visit this site to see the display
This rather dull looking bird has another attribute that is remarkable. It is an amazing mimic. The sounds it makes and the tail display must be seen and heard to be believed. CLICK HERE to join David Attenborough as he experiences a mating display deep in the Australian eucalypt forest.
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