Native to Australia, this fascinating bird is a master of impersonations.
Lyrebirds are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment such as dogs, koalas, dingoes, camera shutters, construction zones, music, phones, ringtones, car alarms and more. If you are walking through a quiet forest, it is the oddest feeling to all of a sudden be startled by a loud car alarm or get the eerier feeling that someone is taking your picture as you hear the camera shutter continuously going off.
A lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds that compose the genus Menura, and the family Menuridae. Lyrebirds are relatively sedentary, shy animals. They have limited flight capacity and magnificent tail feathers and the striking beauty of the male bird's huge tail when it is fanned out in courtship display. Their unique plumes of neutral-colored tail feathers make them one of Australia's best-known native birds.
See for Lyrebird in action: