Lyrebirds along the Murray

Subject: Lyrebirds along the Murray
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:19:49 +1000
John Boyce wrote:

Hi everyone,

Some friends just returned from a canoeing weekend along the Murray around 
Barmah and said that they had found a dead lyrebird by the river near one 
of their campsites. I was surprised to hear there were lyrebirds that far 
west along the Murray but some of the maps in my field guides suggest that 
they can maybe go even further. So are lyrebirds regularly reported in 
this area and has anyone seen them any further west along the Murray? 

there is no lyrebird population anywhere near Barmah - they do not inhabit 
River Red Gum Forest. My guess is that the nearest populations would be in 
the Mt Samaria State Park or thereabouts, about 140 km to the south-east 
of Barmah on the north-western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Along 
the Murray itself you would have to go upstream of Albury before finding 

How sure are your friends of the identification? - hard to mistake a 
lyrebird, but its a very odd record.

Peter Menkhorst
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