5 Interesting Facts About Superb Lyrebirds

Superb Lyrebird

Here is a male superb lyrebird showing off his beautiful tail feathers

One of the coolest animals that I have seen in the wild is the superb lyrebird, which I saw in a forest not far from my home.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful birds grow to about a metre long.
  2. Like peacocks, Only the males have the beautiful tails that give them their name.  These tails are used in courtship displays and take about 7 years to grow fully.
  3. They mainly eat small insects and other invertebrates that they find as they forage around on the forest floor.
  4. Superb lyrebirds are one of the best mimics in the bird world.  They have been recorded copying other bird and animal calls perfectly, plus a range of other sounds including chainsaws, camera shutters, tractors and car alarms.
  5. They were once becoming rare, but they are now very common in forests throughout south eastern Australia.  They have also been introduced to Tasmania and are now quite common there too.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about superb lyrebirds?

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