Superb Lyrebird

About the Superb Lyrebird

The Superb Lyrebird is a large species of songbird of Australia known for its extraordinary ability to mimic sounds. They are endemic to Australia, found in forest habitat in the southeast of the continent. They feed on foraged invertebrates.

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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 05 December 2017
Scientific Name
Menura novaehollandiae
  • Passeriformes
  • Menuridae
  • Menura
  • M. novaehollandiae
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
30 to 39 inches
31 to 38 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 华丽琴鸟
Czech (Cesky) lyrochvost nádherný
Danish (Dansk) Grå Lyrehale
Dutch (Nederlands) Liervogel
Finnish (Suomi) lyyrypyrstö
French (Français) Ménure superbe
German (Deutsch) Graurücken-Leierschwanz
Italian (Italiano) Uccello lira superbo
Japanese (日本語) コトドリ [kotodori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Praktlyrehale
Polish (Polski) lirogon wspanialy
Portuguese (Português) Pássaro-lira-soberbo
Russian (русский язык) Великолепный лирохвост
Spanish (Español) Ave-lira Soberbia
Swedish (Svenska) praktlyrfågel
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