Lyrebirds along the Murray

To: John Boyce <>
Subject: Lyrebirds along the Murray
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 14:26:43 +1000
John, the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife data has no records of Superb 
Lyrebird from the Barmah area.   Indeed the 'typical' habitat for the 
species does not occur in this part of Victoria.

As stated in the 1987 Atlas of Victorian Birds (Superb Lyrebird, p. 172)
'Superb Lyrebirds inhabit wet forests, rainforests and shrubby snow gum 
woodlands in eastern Victoria where annual rainfall exceeds 800mm.'

and also 

' ... in times of drought, may move through areas where they are not 
normally seen.'

The only Victorian location where Lyrebirds have been recorded near the 
Murray is at Mt Granya State Park, 200km east of Barmah forest.

Would be good to have an image or other supporting evidence of this 

cheers, Martin

Emison, B. et al. (1987) Atlas of Victorian Birds.  Dept. Conservation 
Forests and Lands, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002

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