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Superb Lyrebird or Weringerong

Menura novaehollandiae


The Superb lyrebird is one of two species of Lyrebird found in Australia the other being the Albert's lyrebird. Lyrebirds are shy, wary birds. When seen they are normally just a blur as they run and dodge rapidly through the dense forest underbrush. Their wings aid them in running and jumping up into branches and onto rocks etc and then gliding back down again and though they seldom fly they do roost in low trees at night


MIMICRY They are magnificent mimicker of other birds and noises. Often in the morning you may think you are surrounded by a multitude of bird species, to find out you have been fooled by a lyrebird. Car noises, chainsaws, dogs and other noises are no problem for this excellent imitator The mimicry, though used in the mating courtship is heard all year round. It is said to be the way the male lyrebird tells others this is his territory, much like the Kookaburras "laugh" COURTSHIP DISPLAY OF THE MALE One of the great exhibitions of the Australian forests is the courtship display of the male superb lyrebird Firstly he builds a small mound (of dirt) upon which he stands so he is better seen and heard He then spreads his magnificent tail feathers up and over his head into the Lyre shape The tail is only spread and displayed for mating courtship purposes He then sings to his intended, his own songs and mimicking other birds and noises As he sings he moves about (dances) to attract the females attention


David Attenborough presents the amazing lyre bird song in his films...

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Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks Sachin and Joshua...

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

very nice,

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

cool creature

Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks Gerardo and williefromwi... I found this bird because it played NINTENDO MARIO ...

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow great series :)

williefromwi 10 years ago

wonderful series

Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks cormoros75.. These birds are amazing.. and the are the great mimicker..

cormoros75 10 years ago

Awesome series!

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2474, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Dec 11, 2009
Submitted on Aug 2, 2012

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