lyrebird definition

  • noun:
    • Either of two Australian wild birds associated with the genus Menura, the male of which has actually long tail feathers which are spread in a lyre-shaped screen during courtship.
    • Either of two huge ground-dwelling Australian songbirds, of the genus Menura, named due to the stunning tail feathers of one species, the excellent Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) and this can be erected to appear like a lyre, noticably for extraordinary ability to mimic normal and artificial noises from their environment.
    • Australian bird that resembles a pheasant; the courting male shows long-tail feathers in a lyre shape

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