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Satin Bowerbird bower

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus


This is the performance bower built by the male Satin Bowerbird for use during courtship displays to attract a female. The Satin collects blue, violet and occasionally yellow & greenish items to decorate the bower (predominantly blue items), hence the scattering of rubbish from human activity such as blue bottle tops, straws etc. In natural environment the blue would have been from flowers & berries collected from far & wide. The male is deep iridescent blue/black with glowing violet blue eyes as has the female (body greenish colouring). A nest is built in another location.


Found throughout eastern Australia in forest & woodlands. This one in dry woodland adjacent to waterway country in northern NSW.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jun 24, 2013
Submitted on Feb 9, 2014

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