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Bowerbird Bower

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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5 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

I can confirm the liking for that shade of blue bottle cap :-)
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/107...
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
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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