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Lyrebirds

(Family Menuridae)

Both species of these largely terrestrial birds, with short, rounded wings, and stout legs and feet, are endemic. The Albert’s Lyrebird Menura alberti is confined to a small area along the Qld and NSW border, while the Superb Lyrebird M. novaehollandiae, much famed for its exceptional vocal mimicry, is more widely-distributed in south-eastern Australia and has been introduced into Tasmania. The long, lyre-shaped tail of the male is used in elaborate displays.

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