A lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds that compose the genus Menura, and the family Menuridae. They are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment.They can imitate industrial equipment and power tools.The striking beauty of the male bird's huge tail, unique plumes of neutral-coloured tail feathers and are among Australia's best-known native birds.
Not only does the male lyrebird pretend there's a big-bad threat nearby when he wants to mate with a female, he also blocks her view from seeing if it's true.
The birds are also known for their flamboyant mating displays; the males show off their long tail feathers while dancing and using their superb vocal abilities to attract mates.
They stick to the rainforest zones of Queensland and New South Wales to find them, or head to Tasmania, where they were introduced artificially but have since repropogated and established populations.
Lyrebirds feed on the ground and as individuals. A range of invertebrate prey is taken, including insects such as cockroaches, beetles (both adults and larvae), earwigs, fly larvae, and the adults and larvae of moths. Other prey taken includes centipedes, spiders, earthworms. Less commonly taken prey includes stick insects, bugs, lizards, frogs and occasionally, seeds. They find food by scratching with their feet through the leaf-litter.
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