Today our 2017 Birdorable Bonanza concludes with a superb species: the Superb Lyrbird! The Superb Lyrebird is a large species of songbird native to Australia. Several facts make this amazing bird a very interesting study. It belongs in the passerine bird order, which makes it... Read more »
While the body plumage of the Superb Lyrebird is relatively drab in shades of brown and grey, the long tail plumes of the adult male are spectacular. The ornate tail may grow to be 28" long and consists of 16 feathers. The two outer feathers make the shape of a lyre, a musical instrument, giving the species its common name.
Details & Statistics
The Superb Lyrebird is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.