The superb lyrebird menura novaehollandiae is a pheasant-sized songbird found mainly in forest areas from southern Victoria to south-eastern Queensland. It has a large lacy tail that, when on display, the male’s tail resembles that of the ancient Grecian lyre.
During mating season, in the middle of winter, the male will secure a territory and begin a song and dance routine on a mound in order to attract a mate. The songs he sings imitate the sounds of the forest such as other birds, or mechanical noises like chainsaws or camera shutters. The male will mate with several females. The female alone builds the dome-shaped nest on the ground, in the fork of a tree or on the edge of a rock. She will lay a single purple-brown egg and incubate for approximately 45 days.
|Scientific Name||Menura novaehollandiae|
|Diet||Insects, spiders and worms amongst the leaf litter; occasionally seeds.|
|Appearance||80-100cm including tail|
|Natural Threats||Large aerial predators.|
|Habitat||Moist forests. Mainly found on the ground, will escape to the trees or in burrows when threatened. Maintains a home range of up to 10km.|