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Golden Bowerbird

Prionodura newtoniana


The Golden Bowerbird is Australia’s smallest bowerbird at 23 - 25 cm long. It has a small, short bill. Females are brownish-olive above and much paler greyish below. Males have wings, upper tail and face of olive-green (with yellowish-white sheen), and breast throat, lower tail, cap and nape of golden yellow. The eye of both sexes is yellow. Males have a longer and more forked tail than females.


Elevated rainforest


Golden Bowerbird lives in rainforests. Males construct bowers on flat or gently sloping parts of ridges near hillcrests. Bowers are constructed around the trunks of two saplings loosely connected by a fallen branch or log. Each bower is composed of one or two towers of sticks, up to 2 m high, decorated with lichen and freshly plucked flowers. Breeding occurs from September to February. Females build their own nests and usually raise two chicks. Birds eat mostly fruit (often from vines), but also flowers, buds and invertebrates.

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MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks Ian, Dilan. Maria, Saumya & Bhagya

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Congratulations on this lovely series and SOTD!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

lovely birdy.... Congrats Mac...

Awwwwwwwww too cute to be real ! congrats Mac sorry for the late wishes !

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Congratulations Mac!!

IanValdueza 7 years ago

amazing image

MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks to all for your comments on this spotting.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Congrats Mac for the SOTD!

Beautiful capture Mac,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

PieterColpaert 7 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Congratulations Mac ! thanks for the information too -

VivBraznell 7 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD Mac

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Excellent series Mac. Congrats.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Oh wow, SOTD. Congratulations, Mac.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Mac, beautiful bird and photos!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

Great pic for the SOTD! love it! I really like the sharpness and contrast of the shots! great species too

Yasser 7 years ago

Mac is back! :) Congrats on another super Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing this golden beauty and we can't wait to see what you share with us next.


Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

There's a Golden Bowerbird? I never knew that. Cool pics and spotting, Mac.

Jae 7 years ago

Stunning bird and great photos, MacChristiansen.

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 14, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014

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