from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two Australian birds of the genus Menura, the male of which has long tail feathers that are spread in a lyre-shaped display during courtship.
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- n. Either of two large ground-dwelling Australian songbirds, of the genus Menura, named because of the beautiful tail feathers of one species, the Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) which can be erected to look like a lyre, most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment.
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- n. Australian bird that resembles a pheasant; the courting male displays long tail feathers in a lyre shape
In his book Why Birds Sing, jazz musician David Rothenberg reports that in the 1930s, an Australian flute-playing farmer in Dorrigo, New South Wales, kept a lyrebird as a pet, who liked to sing a fragment of one of the songs the man played.
Other species include the well-known gang-gang cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum, glossy black cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami, superb lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae, crimson rosella Platycercus elegans, kookaburra Dacelo gigas, and satin bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus.
There has been some erosion by wind and intense fires, and the superb lyrebird while excavating for food or building nest-mounds could have had some impact on erosion over time since they may turnover an average of 63 tonnes of debris per hectare per year.
Albert's lyrebird is essentially confined to the Tweed Volcano/Border Ranges locality.
Of particular importance are Albert's lyrebird Menura alberti, the superb lyrebird M. novaehollandiae and rufous scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens, both of which represent families with only two species, and are endemic to Australia.
Birds seen at lower elevations in the Alps include the superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) and the gang gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum).
The superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) also inhabits this ecoregion and may have drastically affected vegetation and erosion rates: it turns over an estimated 63,000 kilograms (kg) of debris per hectare each year looking for food or nest-mound building materials.
The lyrebird, most commonly found in Australia, is capable of mimicking an extraordinary range of sounds while singing to attract a mate.
By the time we've finished considering what it takes for the male Gelada baboon to attract a mate (a lot) -- or, for that matter, what is required of the male moth, Capuchin monkey, lyrebird or any of the other sexual suitors on display here -- no one will be thinking about what any of it means for human sexual enterprise.
One of the film's great treats, superbly photographed, shows the lyrebird in glorious display, hurling importuning calls into the skies -- a huge repertoire of songs, some sounds copied from other birds and others picked up from humans, such as, remarkably enough, camera clicks.
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