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Great Bowerbird

Chlamydera nuchalis


Size: 34-38cm. The Great Bowerbird is a large greyish bird with dark bill. The upper parts are fawn grey with darker markings on top of head. The wings are brown with white markings on the feathers. The male has a lilac crest on back of neck, but this is usually only seen when it displays for a female. The male builds a large bower under a shrub or leafy branch. It is a platform of twigs with an avenue of twigs about a metre long and 45cm high. At each end of the bower it makes a display area scattered with white stones, bones, shells and leaves.




Food: fruit, berries, insects Breeding: The nest is a saucer of twigs lined with leaves. Lays 1-2 oval grey-green eggs speckled and streaked with brownish marks.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 11 months ago

Congratulations, Mac. A great spotting of this amazing bird.

MacChristiansen 11 months ago

Thanks to all for your comments on this spotting

SukanyaDatta 11 months ago

A + : An aesthetic avian architect. Lucky you to have gotten to see it. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 11 months ago

Congrats, MacChristiansen! What an extraordinary bird.

triggsturner 11 months ago

Congratulations on your SOTW Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 months ago

Well deserved SOTW Mark.. congrats.

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 11 months ago

Congratulations for the great SOTW.

DanielePralong 11 months ago

Congratulations Mark, this fantastic series has been voted Spotting of the Week!

"This Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) with his amazing bower has been voted Spotting of the Week! The Great Bowerbird is the largest of the bowerbird family (Ptilonorhynchidae), birds from the Austro-Papuan region renowned for their unique courtship behavior and for the bower-like structures built by males and decorated with sticks and brightly colored objects in order to attract a mate. The great bowerbird's spectacular bower is made of two parallel walls of interwoven sticks. It is decorated with a wide variety of objects placed at each entrance which include stones, snail shells, bones, as well as green fruits, leaves, and even colorful man-made objects. The Project Noah rangers team praised this spotting for its completeness and careful documentation of the bower with the bird in attendance".



Maria dB
Maria dB 11 months ago

Wonderful shots with the bower!

DanielePralong 11 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 months ago

Superb spotting Mark.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 months ago

Beautiful, wonderful spotting!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 months ago

Please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

Very interesting!

triggsturner 11 months ago

Great series Mark.

QLD, Australia

Lat: -16.61, Long: 145.34

Spotted on Oct 15, 2017
Submitted on Nov 8, 2017

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