Superb lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae, photographed by Fir002.

Belongs within: Passeriformes.

The Menurae include two genera of Australian birds, the lyrebirds Menura and the scrub-birds Atrichornis. Members of this clade have three pairs of intrinsic syringeal muscles (Ericson et al. 2002).

    |--Atrichornis Stejneger 1885 [incl. Atrichia Gould 1844 non Schrank 1803; Atrichiidae, Atrichornithidae]B94
    |    |--A. clamosus (Gould 1844) [=Atrichia clamosa; incl. Atrichornis clamosa campbelli Mathews 1916]WS48
    |    `--A. rufescens (Ramsay 1866)M03, R66 [=Atrichia rufescensR66]
    |         |--A. r. rufescensFP64
    |         |--A. r. ferrieriHSS13
    |         `--A. r. jacksoniFP64
    `--Menura Latham 1828 [Menuridae]B94
         |--M. albertiEC02
         |--M. novaehollandiaeEC02
         |    |--M. n. novaehollandiaeM03
         |    |--M. n. edwardiM03
         |    `--M. n. victoriaeM03
         |--M. superbaT62
         `--M. tyawanoidesEC02

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1–281.

[EC02] Ericson, P. G. P., L. Christidis, M. Irestedt & J. A. Norman. 2002. Systematic affinities of the lyrebirds (Passeriformes: Menura), with a novel classification of the major groups of passerine birds. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 25: 53–62.

[FP64] Fisher, J., & R. T. Peterson. 1964. The World of Birds: A comprehensive guide to general ornithology. Macdonald: London.

[HSS13] Hirschfeld, E., A. Swash & R. Still. 2013. The World’s Rarest Birds. Princeton University Press: Princeton (New Jersey).

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[R66] Ramsay, E. P. 1866. Description of a new species of Atrichia from the Richmond River, New South Wales. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 438–439.

[T62] Tendeiro, J. 1962. Estudos sobre malófagos: revisão monográfica do género Columbicola Ewing (Ischnocera, Philopteridae). Memórias da Junta de Investigações do Ultramar, ser. 2, 32: 7–460.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M., & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1–126.

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