Both the female and male birds look alike with their brown body, lighter underside and a reddish neck. The major difference between them is the two long feathers that the male lyrebird has on his tail which he develops after he is two years old. His tail consists of 16 feathers with two the two long outer feathers being broader to frame the tail. The lyrebird's mating ritual is actually very impressive. The male bird starts by building a mound of dirt usually measuring about 90 cm (35.5 in) wide and 15 cm (6 in) high that he will use as his stage to show himself off to the females of the area. In his territory he will normally have 10 to 15 mounds which he will visit in turn.
He will then fan his tail over his back and head. It is in this pose that his tail resembles the musical instrument the lyre, which is how the lyrebird got its name. This is depicted very well on this old one shilling stamp:
The lyrebird's diet consists of small insects, spiders, worms and will sometimes eat some seeds found in the ground with the help of their strong claws.
The lyrebird is the world's best impersonator. It can mimic the sound and song of other birds perfectly but its talent doesn't stop there. It is also known to have imitated sounds of chainsaws, dogs barking, babies crying, musical instruments and explosions. If you really want to hear something extraordinary do please take time to log on to www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjEOKdfos4Y You will be amazed. I hope I've given you the right website but "song of the lyrebird" will get you there.