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Australian pheasant-like bird in appearance, males have a magnificent tail during breeding season (winter months) which consists of two outer russet orange and white barred feathers with rounded black end, a series of fine filament feathers and two long pin feathers all held over the head when displaying. Grey brown colouring to the rest of the body for female as well, with occasional russet colour to wings and throat, large feet for digging up leaf litter and soil in search of insects, grubs and worms. The call of the male mimics whatever sounds take his interest and can be passed down to new generations. These sounds include many man-made noise such as car horns, sirens, chainsaws, cameras, whistles, etc. Males display on several 'platforms' scattered throughout the bush.
Mostly found in wet gullies and rainforest environments throughout Victoria, NSW and Queensland eastern regions/mountainous country.
On this our second visit for the season, the male bird was keen to continue looking for food ignoring our presence. He listened intently when bird calls rang out and other sounds also made him curious, but food seemed most important to him at the time. He stood close to us many times with a look of curiosity.