Lirohvost or bird-liryo

22 March, 2011

  

Lirohvost or bird-liryo ( Menuridae) - A family of passerine birds inhabiting Australia and includes two types of.

* Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)
* Alberts Lyrebird (Alberti Menura) - A bird slightly smaller than the Superb Lyrebird, their maximum 90 cm for males and 84 cm in women.

Alberts Lyrebird was named in honor of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, it is less showy appearance than the Superb Lyrebird, and is found only in small areas Квинсленда.

The name of the Lyrebird was a truly spectacular because of its tail, which consists of 16 highly modified feathers - two long feathers in the middle of the tail, Two broad feast aimed at an angle to the first, and 12 in between.

They feed on insects lyrebirds, spiders, worms and seeds, raking leaves paws, they find their own food.

Lyrebirds bad fly and at the approach of danger, they prefer to escape after hiding in burrows wombat.

  

The male lyrebird are very active in the winter, at this time in the dense bush, he makes a round mound on which the «poet» and performs a dance of courtship to demonstrate to potential mates, which several males.

The female lyrebird, in the bush or tree, building a covered nest and lays a single egg, incubates its own about 50 days before excretion chick.

Lyrebirds - is the ancient Australian birds, There are fossils of lyrebirds, whose age is estimated at about 15 million. years. Prehistoric species Menura tyawanoides described from fossils, related to early Miocene, found in a certain place Riversleyg.

Lyrebirds considered the national bird of Australia and is well known because of the astonishing beauty of his huge tail of a male bird, because of what he often portrayed as the various characters and logos.

*Lyrebird is depicted on the reverse of the Australian 10 cent coin, and in a transparent fragment the Australian 100-dollar bill.

* Silhouette of a lyrebird is the emblem of the Australian Commission for movies and Music Council of Victoria.

* Figure lyrebird is the emblem of the National Parks of New South Wales and the Australian Wildlife Services.

Currently Lyrebird does not apply to endangered species and habitats at least albertova lyrebird is very limited, but apparently it is safe and remains intact.

 

 

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