Australian Museum Journal Muscles of the neck, trunk and tail in the Noisy Scrub-bird, Atrichornis clamosus, and Superb Lyrebird, Menura novaehollaindiae (Passeriformes: Atrichornithidae and Menuridae)

Shortform:
Zusi, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(4): 229–242
Author(s):
Zusi, R. L.
Year published:
1985
Title:
Muscles of the neck, trunk and tail in the Noisy Scrub-bird, Atrichornis clamosus, and Superb Lyrebird, Menura novaehollaindiae (Passeriformes: Atrichornithidae and Menuridae)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
37
Issue:
4
Start page:
229
End page:
242
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.311
Language:
English
Date published:
20 November 1985
Cover date:
20 November 1985
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AVES; OSTEOLOGY
Digitized:
16 January 2009
Reference number:
311
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (146kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (2393kb PDF)

Abstract

Muscles of the neck, trunk and tail of the Noisy Scrub-bird, Atrichornis clamosus, are described, illustrated and compared with those of the Superb Lyrebird, Menura novaehollandiae. , It is proposed that hypertrophy of various neck muscles in Atrichornis, is related to use of the head in penetrating litter and undergrowth. Atrichornis, and Menura, are shown to have qualitative differences in myology and in morphology of the uropygial glands, but taxonomic interpretation of these differences is judged to be premature without broader comparisons.