* Listen to a 3-minute sample of mimicry and song …

… from a Superb Lyrebird recorded by me at Mt. Airly, NSW, 30 May, 1995.   This extract is from a sequence that lasted over half an hour.  Equipment used, Sony TCD D10 DAT recorder, Sennheiser ME67 gun mic.

                    photo: Superb Lyrebird displaying at Mt Airly 18 January, 2016.
audio: Superb Lyrebird singing at Mt Airly 30 May, 1995 (3 minute sample).


*Download some lyrebird facts in pdf format (436 kb) here.


* Read on for a study of regional variation in territorial songs:

Superb Lyrebird territorial songs from 23 locations of the Central Tablelands and Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

This songmap shows where I have recorded lyrebird songs since 1987.  To hear the song from any one location, go to the list beneath the map and click on the sound icon.  This draft study was created in 2006 and is an extension of my earlier paper on lyrebird songs published in the journal ‘Emu’ in 1995.  Note that lyrebird territorial songs are unique to any one geographic location and change very little over time, for example the songs from Mt. Airly have stayed pretty much the same over a 30 year period from 1987 to 2017.



01. Dunn’s Swamp (1999)

02. near Running Stream (1995)

03. Turon River (1990)

04. Mt. Airly/Genowlan (1995)

05. Winding Pinch Creek (1995)

06. Blackman’s Crown (1988)

07. Gang Gang Reserve (1991)

08. near Ben Bullen (1995)

09. Baal Bone Gap (1995)

10. Horse Gully Creek (1994)

11. Blackbutt Mountain (1991)

12. Long Swamp Road (1995)

13. Lagoon Creek (1994)

14. Turpin’s Creek (1988)

15. Blackfellows’ Hands (1991)

16. Glow-worm Tunnels (1994)

17. Eskdale Gulf (1994)

18. near Eusdale Creek (1988)

19. State Mine Gully (1995)

20. Mt. Wilson (1995)

21. Mt. Victoria (1995)

22. Blackheath (1995)

23. near Jenolan Caves (1995)


* This next study on invitation-display calls …

… was published in Audiowings, the journal of the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group, in July 2008.  These calls are the strange twanging, whirring and clicking sounds made by male Superb Lyrebirds.  Sounds are included at the end of the article.



Here are some typical sounds of invitation-display calls.  The clip starts with twanging, then develops into the blick/gallop/twang pattern typical of lyrebirds in the Central Tablelands of NSW.  This bird was recorded at Baal Bone Gap west of Lithgow NSW, 5 July, 1995.


Here are some clicking calls, recorded near Ben Bullen, west of Lithgow NSW, 8 July, 1995.


And lastly, these seldom-heard choofing or huffing calls were recorded at Dunn’s Swamp near Rylstone NSW, 28 June, 1999.  Similar calls have been recorded in other areas of the Central Tablelands of NSW.



(page last updated by Vicki Powys 28 May 2017)