lyre bird definition

  • noun:
    • Any one of 2 or 3 species of Australian wild birds of genus Menura. A man is remarkable for having the sixteen tail feathers extended and, whenever spread, arranged in the form of a lyre. The common lyre bird (Menura superba), inhabiting New Southern Wales, is about the size of a grouse. Its basic color is brown, with rufous shade on the neck, wings, tail coverts and tail. Known as in addition lyre pheasant and lyre-tail.

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