Lyrebirds (Menuridae)

Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) - HBW 9, p. 495

French: Ménure superbe German: Graurücken-Leierschwanz Spanish: Ave-lira Soberbia
Other common names: (Prince) Edward Lyrebird, (Queen) Victoria Lyrebird, New South Wales Bird-of-paradise

Taxonomy: Menura novaehollandiae Latham, 1802, upper Nepean River, New South Wales, Australia.
Was in the past sometimes referred to as M. superba, but that name invalid. Race victoriae formerly synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • edwardi Chisholm, 1921 - extreme SE Queensland (Stanthorpe-Killarney region) and NE New South Wales (S, on and E of Great Dividing Range, to R Hunter).
  • novaehollandiae Latham, 1802 - SE New South Wales from R Hunter S (on and E of Great Dividing Range) to Victoria border (E of Monaro Tablelands).
  • victoriae Gould, 1865 - Australian Capital Territory (Brindabella Range) and extreme SE New South Wales W of Monaro Tablelands, S to E Victoria (S to Dandenong-Strathbogie Ranges and to NE coast).