Superb Lyrebird (species: Menura (Menura) novaehollandiae) in Bald Rock NP (Gaia Guide)
Menura (Menura) novaehollandiae
Superb Lyrebird

©Fir0002: Superb Lyrebird (Superb Lyrebird)

©Ian Sanderson: Superb Lyrebird (Superb Lyrebird)

©David Cook: Young male Superb Lyrebird (Menura (Menura) novaehollandiae)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Menuridae
Genus Menura
Species Menura (Menura) novaehollandiae
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has brown upper body plumage, it is grayish-brown below, it has rounded wings and strong legs.

The male is the bearer of the most elegant of all tails. The tail has sixteen feathers, with the two outermost together forming the shape of a lyre. Next within are two guard plumes and twelve long, lace-like feathers, known as filamentaries. Seven years are required for the tail to fully develop. During courtship displays, the male inverts his tail over his head, fanning his feathers to form a silvery white canopy. Young males and females have brown tail feathers which are camouflaged against the forest floor. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 100 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 1 kg


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Superb Lyrebird (Menura (Menura) novaehollandiae)

Distribution and habitat preferences

An Australian endemic, the superb lyrebird can be found in the wetter forests of southeastern Australia, from southern Victoria to southeastern Queensland. (Wikipedia)


Its diet consists mainly of small invertebrates found on the forest floor or in rotting logs. (Wikipedia)

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