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100cm. Brown upper body, greyish-brown below, rounded wings and strong legs. It is the longest and third heaviest of all songbirds. The male's tail has sixteen feathers, with the two outermost being lyre-shaped. It takes seven years for the tail to fully develop. During courtship display, the tail is fanned forward beyond his head to form a silvery white canopy.
The female builds a domed nest and 1 egg is laid.
The diet includes small animals found on forest floor or from rotting logs.