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Albert's Lyrebird

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Alternative name: Prince Albert's Lyrebird

Photo by jimmcleanPhotographed:  Lamington NP, Queensland, Australia, September 2005
Photo by jimmclean
Photographed: Lamington NP, Queensland, Australia, September 2005
Menura alberti


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto by akapenguinsLamington National Park, Queensland, October 2013
Photo by akapenguins
Lamington National Park, Queensland, October 2013

Approximately 86–93 cm (33¾-36½ in)

  • Long legs
  • Strong clawed feet
  • Train-like tail


  • Dark grey head and neck
  • Reddish-brown upperparts
  • Chestnut underparts

[edit] Similar Species

Lacks the lyre-shaped tail feathers of the Superb Lyrebird.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to Australia, in a small area on the state border between New South Wales and Queensland.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Subtropical rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests with dense undergrowth.

[edit] Status

Classed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to ongoing habitat loss.

[edit] Behaviour

It is very similar to the Superb Lyrebird in its habits.

[edit] Breeding

They build platforms by trampling down dense vegetation for courtship display. They lay their eggs from May to August, but there is little other information.

[edit] Diet

The diet is thought to consist mainly of insects, both adult and larvae, in addition to some invertebrates found in the soil.

[edit] Vocalisation

This bird mimics other species sounds.

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Lamington National Park, Australia, July 2009
Recorded by Andrew Whitehouse

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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