January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Lyrebird, a shy bird of open woodlands in Australia. The lyrebird grows about as large as a chicken, and is reddish brown in color. In the male the outer tail feathers, when partially spread, form the traditional shape of a lyre. The inner feathers are lacy. The tail is shed in autumn and renewed in spring. A single brown-blotched, purplish egg is laid in a dome-shaped nest made on the ground. The lyrebird is the largest and most primitive of the perching birds. It is a good runner but a poor flyer. Two species are known.


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