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Albert's Lyrebird

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Menura alberti
Photo by jimmcleanPhotographed:  Lamington NP, Queensland, Australia
Photo by jimmclean
Photographed: Lamington NP, Queensland, Australia

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Identification

The Albert's Lyrebird, Menura alberti is a pheasant-sized songbird, up to 90cm long, with brown upper body plumage and rich chestnut below. The rarer of the two species of lyrebirds, the Albert's Lyrebird lacks the elegant lyre-shaped tail feathers of the Superb Lyrebird.

Distribution

Named after Prince Albert (and therefore sometimes called Prince Albert's Lyrebird), the Prince Consort of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Albert's Lyrebird is inhabiting and endemic to subtropical rainforests of Australia, in a small area on the state border between New South Wales and Queensland.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species

Habitat

Due to ongoing habitat lost on this restricted range species gives the Albert's Lyrebird its Vulnerable status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Behaviour

It is very similar with the Superb Lyrebird in its habits. This bird also mimics other species sounds. It also build platforms by trampling down dense vegetation for courtship display instead of scratch up mounds. The diet consists mainly of small animals found on forest floor or from rotting logs.

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