Lyre bird
Lyre bird Lyre" bird` . (Zo["o]l.) 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 color is brown, with rufous color on the throat, wings, tail coverts and tail. Called also {lyre pheasant} and {lyre-tail}. [1913 Webster]

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  • lyre pheasant — Lyre bird Lyre bird . (Zo[ o]l.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lyre-tail — Lyre bird Lyre bird . (Zo[ o]l.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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