is either of two species
of ground-dwelling Australian birds
, that form the genus, Menura
, and the family Menuridae
. They are most notable for their superb ability to mimic
natural and artificial sounds from their environment. As well as their extraordinary mimicking ability, lyrebirds are notable because of the striking beauty of the male bird's huge tail when it is fanned out in display; and also because of their courtship display. Lyrebirds have unique plumes of neutral coloured tailfeathers and are among Australia's best-known native birds.
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