What are two facts about lyrebirds?

  • The lyrebird gained its name because the male Superb Lyrebird's tail always has the lyre-shape. Its tail feathers are ornately curved, and when on display for a female, can assume the shape of the stringed intrument known as the lyre.
  • Lyrebirds are known for their ability to mimic sounds, from other birds to even machinery. They have an elaborate "singing and dancing" behaviour which is a courtship ritual. It is done by the male in an attempt to attract a mate.
  • The lifespan of a lyrebird is 20 to 25 years, but there are reports of these birds living up to 29 years.
  • The lyrebird features on the Australian 10c coin.