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Satin Bowerbird bower

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus


Performance bower made from twigs & decorated with blue coloured items by the male Satin Bowerbird in Australia. Used as a display area during courtship. Nest is built in a separate location. (Male is rich blue/black with violet blue eyes, female is greenish with violet/blue eyes). Items collected naturally would have included flowers & berries, now includes man made objects such as plastic pegs, bottle tops and straws.


Found in eastern Australia in woodlands and rainforest. This one in temperate rainforest in mountain country.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

You've caught the perspective the female might have as she checks out the bower. Very cool!

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thanks Susi T-B. There's a second one in the collection that is from a different location closer to the coast. I've yet to catch the birds in action at the bower.

Susi T-B
Susi T-B 7 years ago

What a wonderful bower!

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 2, 2013
Submitted on Feb 9, 2014

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