Superb Lyrebird - Menura alberti

Superb Lyrebird

Menura alberti

Family: Menuridae (Lyrebirds, 2 species in Australia)
Size: M 80-90 cm, F 74-84 cm
Distribution: Within about 200 km of the coasts of NSW, a few in TAS
Status: Moderately Common
Habitat: Forest areas, not too dry
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Superb Lyrebird is famous for its ability to mimic a huge variety of other Australian birds. It appears on the Australian 10 cent coin.

Superb Lyrebird - Menura alberti
Photo: Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW

Superb Lyrebird - Menura alberti
Photo: Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW

Superb Lyrebird - Menura alberti
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources

The Complete Guide to Australian Birds, by George Adams - Superb Lyrebird - Menura alberti NEW: The Complete Guide to Australian Birds, by George Adams.

This is another of the newer ones (published in November 2018) that I bought recently (June 2020). It's got photographs rather than drawn pictures of the birds. They're really good quality photos. 10 or more years ago, the Australian bird field guides with photographs definitely weren't in the same class as the ones with hand-drawn pictures, but that seems to have changed. Now I think it's more a matter of personal preference. I imagine that the massive increases in availability of long-zoom-distance digital photographic equipment has made it much easier for there to be better quality photos of birds.

This book has colured strips down the outside of each page so you can find the different types of birds easily, which I really like.

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Australian Bird Field Guides

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