lyre·​bird | \ ˈlī(-ə)r-ˌbərd How to pronounce lyrebird (audio) \

Definition of lyrebird

: either of two Australian passerine birds (genus Menura) distinguished in the male by very long tail feathers displayed in the shape of a lyre during courtship

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Recent Examples on the Web For example, the start of winter in her local area in northern New South Wales is indicated by male lyrebirds singing. Aarti Betigeri, Time, "How Australia's Indigenous Experts Could Help Deal With Devastating Wildfires," 14 Jan. 2020 The team noticed that species with particularly ancient lineages, such as lyrebirds, scrub-birds and New Zealand wrens, still build roofed structures—suggesting that ancestral passerine nests were domed. Kat Long, Scientific American, "Bird Nests Used to Look More Like Fortresses," 1 May 2017 Briefly, another fascinating surprise was the propensity of ravens to mimic human sounds, much like parrots or lyrebirds do. James Floyd Kelly, WIRED, "Book Review and Author Interview: Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez," 12 July 2012

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First Known Use of lyrebird

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Lyrebird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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