Animals & Wildlife

Emu | Mosman

The emu, with the kangaroo, supports the Australian coat-of-arms. It is the largest of Australian birds, being 1.7 metres in height and second in size only to the ostrich, which, in many respects, it resembles. It is powerfully built and gracefully proportioned, and its entire body is covered with soft, drooping feathers of a greyish-brown colour. Like the ostrich, the emu has long since lost the ...

Lyre-bird | Mosman

The lyre-bird is found only in the heavily-forested areas of the eastern coastal districts. Dark brown in colour and about the size of a domestic fowl, it gains its name from the shape of the male bird's tail-feathers which, when carried in an upright position, closely resemble the ancient Grecian lyre. The bird is a highly-accomplished mimic and can imitate almost any sound. Frequently the noise ...