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Great Bowerbird

Chlamydera nuchalis


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.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Pleeeeeease add this to the Animal Architecture mission!

ScottHarte 8 years ago

oh you have to love the bower birds, except when they start stealing from you :P great series

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

You've added a third picture! What lovely white shells he's using to induce his sweetheart to mate!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Leanne

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Oh wow! What a fantastic find!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Bower pic added

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

What a fantastic picture of a bower (picture #2)!
Please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

I hope you can follow one of your bowerbird spottings to it's bower and share some cool pictures with us!

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4871, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 11, 2012
Submitted on Mar 11, 2012

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