National Geographic : 1955 Jun
© National Geographic Society 850 Kodachromes by L. H . Smith Sweet-singing Lyrebird's Shimmering Tail Feathers Spread Like a Silvery Parasol Two side plumes suggesting the shape of a Greek lyre, two fine whiplike feathers, and 12 filamentary feathers adorn the lyrebird, an inhabitant of Australia's eastern and southeastern highlands. This is Timothy, long-time "king" of fern-floored Sherbrooke Forest, 20 miles east of Melbourne. Atop an earth mound, he displays his fanlike plumage and pours forth melodious song. If his mate approaches, he attempts to capture her beneath the outspread tail.