<ornithology> Any one of two or three species of Australian birds of the genus Menura. The male is remarkable for having the sixteen tail feathers very long and, when spread, arranged in the form of a lyre. The common lyre bird (Menura superba), inhabiting new South Wales, is about the size of a grouse. Its general colour is brown, with rufous colour on the throat, wings, tail coverts and tail.

Synonyms: lyre pheasant and lyre-tail.

(01 Mar 1998)

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