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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.
Eucalypt woodlands, scrub land, parkland, timbered areas near creeks.
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.
Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jul 13, 2012