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Bowerbird Bower

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus


The Bower is not a nest, but a place for the Male Satin Bowerbird to show off, making all sorts of strange and fantastic noises, coupled with blue decorations and elaborate courtship dances.


The Satin Bowerbird is common in rainforest and tall wet sclerophyll forest in eastern Australia from southern Queensland to Victoria.


This bower is actually in our yard, and the resident male builds one each year. Often it is pulled apart (maybe by other jealous males) and rebuilt several times a year.

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DanielePralong 6 years ago

I can confirm the liking for that shade of blue bottle cap :-)
Great spotting Steve!

Steve A
Steve A 6 years ago

Thanks Saumya and Janine. They seem to have developed a liking for this very particular shade of blue, and almost all of their decorations are bits of plastic.

I wish the bird would find some blue flowers next time ! :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

I love this! These birds are such artists.

JanineLingTurner 6 years ago

poor little bower bird could only find bottle caps and plastic,
yet he still makes it beautiful :)

Steve A
Spotted by
Steve A

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Dec 31, 2009
Submitted on Nov 11, 2013

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