With the name “Superb Lyrebird,” it is difficult to expect anything but “extraordinary” from this feathered wonder. What this brown bird lacks in color, it makes up for in intricacy and showmanship! Keep reading to find out about this amazing bird…
Common Name: Superb Lyrebird
Latin Name: Menura novaehollandiae
Range: Endemic to Australia (Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania)
Habitat: Ground dwelling forest bird. Mostly damp temperate and subtropical forest.
Diet: Invertebrates such as mollusks, insects, earthworms, and spiders.
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Superb Facts about a Superb Bird….
- The Superb Lyrebird has an incredible ability to imitate both natural and artificial sounds. Some examples of witnessed mimicry include, bird calls, car alarms, explosions, musical instruments, chainsaws and camera shutters.
The Superb Lyrebird imitating construction work at the Adelaide Zoo:
- The species is commonly referred to as a “Superb Lyrebird” because the magnificent tail plumage is thought to resemble a lyre.
- During courtship, males aim to attract females performing a “concert,” including dancing and singing.
Check out this amazing YouTube video by BBC Wildlife and Sir David Attenborough:
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