Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

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Male superb lyrebird displaying
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • There are two species of lyrebird, the superb lyrebird and Albert’s lyrebird, both of which are native to Australia.
  • Famous for its ability to mimic sounds, the superb lyrebird has been known to reproduce the noise of a car alarm, a chainsaw and a camera shutter.
  • The male superb lyrebird has a spectacular tail which he uses to impress the female during his courtship display.
  • The superb lyrebird has appeared on stamps and coins in Australia.
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Superb lyrebird description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyMenuridae
GenusMenura (1)

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Superb lyrebird status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (October, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Male superb lyrebird displaying  
Male superb lyrebird displaying

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