Superb Lyrebird

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Superb Lyrebird

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Character Data
Japanese Name: コトドリ
Romanised Name: Kotodori
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Menura novaehollandiae
Distribution: Australia
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 20-25 years
Read More: Superb lyrebird
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Superb Lyrebird Nexon Game

Superb Lyrebird is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.


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Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role

In Real Life

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The Superb Lyrebird is a ground-living songbird native to southeastern Australia with a brown to grey colour. Males reach a length of around 100cm, females around 85 cm. They have relatively small wings rendering them incapable of anything but short jumps and gliding. The males tail has 16 feathers with the outermost feathers acting as a frame, creating the look of a lyre; the ancient string instrument the bird was named after. Until the tail grows into that form beginning with age four, the young males are called "plain tails".

Lyrebirds are solitary and very territorial. Females build nests on the ground and are the sole provider for the young. They breed in winter and the females lay a single egg, raising the young for around nine months before they become independent. To find a mate, males raise and spread their tail as much as they can. They create their own songs by mimicking the singing of songbirds all around them. Their ability to mimic sounds is so good, they even impress females of other species with their singing. In their lifetime, they manage to master the songs of over 20 other birds. Specimen in captivity have even been able to accurately mimic man-made sounds including chainsaws, camera shutters, jackhammers and car alarms.

With their strong legs they dig in the ground to forage for worms, bugs and other invertebrates while simultaneously reducing litter that could cause or spread forest fire. They were introduced to Tasmania in an attempt to preserve the species, though it was never in any real danger of extinction and is currently increasing in numbers.


  • The bird is featured on the Australian 10 cent coin.
  • The species is very old; fossils found date back to 15 million years ago.

References features many examples of the lyrebirds mimickry video of a lyrebird from the Adelaide zoo mimicking the sounds of construction work

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