National Geographic : 1955 Jun
+ Hungry Male Combs the Forest for Food Full beauty of his tail feathers is revealed only in display (page 850). Here the ground-dwelling lyre bird scratches for worms, centipedes, and tiny crusta ceans in Australia's rich, damp forest soil. Lichens and moss drape mountain ash and rock. ( Kodachromes by L. H. Smith + Hygienic Mother Discards Droppings Presumably to destroy the scent, she carries the chick's droppings in her beak to a near-by stream. Tail feathers of the female, unlike the male's, are plain and broad. The two lyrate feathers are much shorter and less prominent.