A lyrebird is a typical native bird that belongs to Australia. There are two most important extant species of the lyrebird: Superb Lyrebird scientifically known as Menura novaehollandiae and Albert’s lyrebird, named to honor Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria and scientifically called as Menura alberti. The lyrebirds are prevalent in the rainforests of eastern Australian provinces of New South Wales, Victoria and parts of Queensland. They are also prevalent in the island of Tasmania. Albert’s lyrebird can be found in a very limited region of the rainforests I Southern Queensland.
The lyrebirds are passerine ones, which are larger than usual. They are usually poor fliers and take to air only gliding. The females are usually 74 cm to 84 cm long and the males are relatively larger 80cm to 98 cm. The males are notable for their huge crown of tail plumes consisting of neutral colored feathers, which looks similar to lyre when held out on display. Another feature that makes them unique is their ability to mimic various sounds both natural and artificial from the environment. A lyrebird has a very high life expectancy of 30 years.
These birds are typically insectivores. Sometimes their meals include small frogs, lizards and very rarely seeds. They find food by scratching in the leaf-litter with the help of their feet. These birds are very shy in nature especially Albert’s lyrebird. These birds are not endangered. However, since the Albert’s lyrebird has a very restricted habitat so it is IUCN has listed it as vulnerable.