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Superb Lyrebird

Menura novaehollandiae

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Large ground-dwelling bird with powerful legs and long tail. Primarily gray-brown with reddish outer-wing. Males have spectacular long tail comprising different feather types. The main ‘lyre’ feathers have a streaked patterning while the other feathers are thin and wispy. Juveniles and females lack the longer tail feathers. This may cause confusion with Albert’s Lyrebird. This species can usually be ruled out by location. This species is found in rainforest habitats in South Eastern Australia, where it forages in leaf litter for food. It has a very powerful song and is known for mimicking other species.

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