Llancillo Bird Sign

“TAIL PLUMES STRETCHED like sharp swords, then recoiling. I followed it thinking it was a kookaburra. With every inch I advanced, it changed its song—unrecognizable cries, stolen from the throats of others…” Lisa Hiton

The Lyrebird, one of the best-know Australian natives, is the most amazing bird for its superb ability to mimic not only other birds and natural sounds, but mechanical sounds such as chainsaws, camera clicks (motor drive and otherwise), sirens, and just about any other sound or call. Although not especially striking in appearance when walking through the bush, when they display their tail, the feathers fan out in a spectacular show, resembling a lyre, which is where the name comes from. Shy birds, they will either flee when detecting danger, or seek cover and stand perfectly still. Interestingly, firefighters have reported being joined by lyrebirds when they were sheltering in a mine shaft during a bushfire.

The name on this sign is also interesting: Llancillo is actually a historic parish in the county of Hereford, England – near the Welsh border. How a property in Australia came to have this name is a mystery, but one can imagine there is a family connection, history, or holiday memory that would explain it.

The dimensional artwork was hand sculpted and painted, while the letters are incise carved and gilded with 23kt gold leaf. Flat painted watermark accents add the finishing touch to this striking handcrafted sign. Made of HDU (high density urethane), the sign looks like it is made of wood, but will outlast wood, since it is completely waterproof.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
15 " x 19 "