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Golden Bowerbird ( Female )

Prionodura newtoniana


The Golden Bowerbird is Australia’s smallest bowerbird at 23 - 25 cm long. It has a small, short bill. Females are brownish-olive above and much paler greyish below. Males have wings, upper tail and face of olive-green (with yellowish-white sheen), and breast throat, lower tail, cap and nape of golden yellow. The eye of both sexes is yellow. Males have a longer and more forked tail than females.


Elevated rainforest. The Golden Bowerbird is endemic to high elevation rainforests (typically >700 m) of the wet tropics of north Queensland.


Golden Bowerbird lives in rainforests. Males construct bowers on flat or gently sloping parts of ridges near hillcrests. Bowers are constructed around the trunks of two saplings loosely connected by a fallen branch or log. Each bower is composed of one or two towers of sticks, up to 2 m high, decorated with lichen and freshly plucked flowers. Breeding occurs from September to February. Females build their own nests and usually raise two chicks. Birds eat mostly fruit (often from vines), but also flowers, buds and invertebrates.

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Oct 19, 2014
Submitted on Oct 28, 2014

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