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Superb Lyrebird

Menura novaehollandiae


Australia's stunning Lyrebirds are not as numerous as pre-settlement, adult males are the ones that display a beautiful tail assembly and mimic just about everything (mostly the bird species within their range). Grey/brown plumage lighter grey underneath, rufous/grey wings, tail feathers consist of dark thick general tail, when breeding the tail includes fine filaments of white with two lyre-shaped 'fronds' striped copper on each side from tail base. Pheasant-like in appearance.


Found in eastern parts of Australia in moist forests, sometimes venture into gardens, need vegetation to survive.

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Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

Have you heard about their strange calls?
...well here they are

kdpicturemaker 6 years ago

Thanks LeanneG. Plans already being put together for our next 'expedition' into the mountains again in about 6 months time for lyrebird breeding season.

LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Awsome spot! Congrats :)

Aisse Gaertner
Aisse Gaertner 6 years ago

Mimic master!! Congrats!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 7 years ago

Awesome spotting.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Excellent spotting. I've never been this fortunate to get so close. Here's a nice little video I found on NG.

Hema 7 years ago

thnx Kd. Seems like a double treat with the echoing!! Something not all of us are able to experience!

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thanks, I'll give that recording thing a try! It is amazing to hear especially in the mountains and valleys as it echoes.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Wonderful kdpicturemaker! Sorry to hear about the decrease in song content. For those who have never heard this awesome bird it would indeed be great to include some of your recordings. Project Noah can't host sound but if you're able to turn your recordings into a video, you could actually upload it here as part of the same series; you can have one video per spotting. The video must be first uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo.

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thankyou for your comments and admiration of the beautiful lyrebird. As we research we are recording sounds of them. It is sad every time we visit the area that the numbers are dropping each time, also the song content has less and less every year, which means other birds are also disappearing.

Outstanding !

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Awesome bird !!!

Pedro Beirão
Pedro Beirão 7 years ago

Fantastic capture!

Hema 7 years ago

marvelous kd. Maybe you can include an audio of the sounds it mimics? Just a request on my part.
What a lovely tail!

MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Nice one Kd, I'm enjoying your pics

Oh....another wonderful picture of that fantastic bird!!
When I was little some of the tales (Children Stories) I was told, had Lyrebird in them... : )

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jul 21, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2013

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