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80 to 97cm which includes an impressive 55cm tail the main feature of this iconic Australian bird. whole body is usually dark brown grey, some rufous colour on throat and wings with underparts lighter grey. the tail of the female is long dark feathers, whereas the male has these plus two narrow single-webbed feathers, 12 filamentary feathers and 2 outer lyre-shaped feathers with orange-rufous and silver grey bands and curled black tips. the call is loud and the lyrebirds are renowned for the mimicry of many other sounds including other birds, human activity and machinery.
general habitat is along eastern regions of Australia in NSW, south east Queensland, Victoria. it was said to have been introduced into Tasmania in the 1930s. damp dark gullies and wet schlerophyl forest are its preferred habitat.
We have been researching and observing a group of Lyrebirds in the Washpool raiforest for the past few years noting the decline in numbers and also the change in habitat and behaviour as the environment changes. one male has become used to our visits and enjoys showing his tail in displays and repeats an amazing repertoire of songs and sounds for us.