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Golden Bowerbird

Amblyornis newtonianus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Elevated rainforest

Notes:

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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4 Comments

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks Charlie

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks Mark

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 5 years ago

Very busy bower...great shots

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Fabulous spotting Mac.

MacChristiansen
Spotted by
MacChristiansen

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Oct 31, 2014
Submitted on Oct 31, 2014

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