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Albert's lyrebird is the secretive second species of lyrebird in Australia, less well known than its southern cousin the Superb Lyrebird. Albert's lyrebird (named in honour of Prince Albert), is a rainforest specialist that lives in high altitude rainforest in the Border Ranges region on the Queensland/New South Wales border in Eastern Australia. The male's display differs from the Superb Lyrebird in that it performs on a bed of trampled vines rather than a large mound, and the ornate tail, which is concave, is reversed over the head to form an enveloping lacey shroud of filamentous silvery feathers, rather than lying horizontally as in the typically lyre-shaped tail of the superb. The Albert's voice is very powerful, and its beautiful song echoes through the mountain forests in winter. It is unfortunately considered at risk of extinction due to habitat fragmentation and predation by feral cats, pigs and foxes, as it nests on or near the ground. For more information visit Arkive.org. To use this picture commercially visit auscape.com.au.