from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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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  • noun 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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  • noun Australian bird that resembles a pheasant; the courting male displays long tail feathers in a lyre shape


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lyre +‎ bird


  • 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.

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • 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.

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • 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.

    Calls of the Wild

  • The lyrebird, most commonly found in Australia, is capable of mimicking an extraordinary range of sounds while singing to attract a mate.

    Weekend Diversions: Lyrebirds : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits

  • Albert's lyrebird is essentially confined to the Tweed Volcano/Border Ranges locality.

    Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, Australia

  • 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.

    Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, Australia

  • 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.

    Calls of the Wild

  • Birds seen at lower elevations in the Alps include the superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) and the gang gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum).

    Australian Alps montane grasslands

  • 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.

    Eastern Australian temperate forests


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