Ptilonorhynchidae – Bowerbirds

Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) in bower by Ian

Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) in bower by Ian

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Ptilonorhynchidae – Bowerbirds


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Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (27)

Ailuroedus
Ochre-breasted Catbird (Ailuroedus stonii)
White-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides)Photo by Lee at NA *LLABS
Tan-capped Catbird (Ailuroedus geislerorum)
Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris) by Ian
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus maculosus)
Huon Catbird (Ailuroedus astigmaticus)
Black-capped Catbird (Ailuroedus melanocephalus)
Northern Catbird (Ailuroedus jobiensis)
Arfak Catbird (Ailuroedus arfakianus)
Black-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis) by Ian
Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris) Ian
Archbold’s Bowerbird (Archboldia papuensis) IBC
Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata)Video IBC
MacGregor’s Bowerbird (Amblyornis macgregoriae) IBC
Streaked Bowerbird (Amblyornis subalaris) ©Drawing WikiC
Golden-fronted Bowerbird (Amblyornis flavifrons) ©Drawing WikiC
Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana) by Ian
Masked Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus) IBC
Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus ardens) IBC
Fire-maned Bowerbird (Sericulus bakeri) IBC
Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)
Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) by Ian – in bower
Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)Video – IBC
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) by Ian
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata) Ian
Yellow-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera lauterbachi) Video IBC
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris) Ian
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Bowerbirds (pron.: /ˈbaʊərbɜrd/) make up the bird family Ptilonorhynchidae. They are renowned for their unique courtship behaviour, where males build a structure and decorate it with sticks and brightly coloured objects in an attempt to attract a mate.

The family has 20 species in eight genera. These are medium to large-sized passerines, ranging from the Golden Bowerbird to the Great Bowerbird at 40 centimetres. Their diet consists mainly of fruit but may also include insects (especially for nestlings), flowers, nectar and leaves in some species. The Satin and Spotted Bowerbirds are sometimes considered agricultural pests as they willingly feed on introduced fruit and vegetable crops and have occasionally been killed by affected orchardists.

The bowerbirds have an Austro-Papuan distribution, with ten species endemic to New Guinea, eight endemic to Australia and two found in both. Although their distribution is centered around the tropical regions of New Guinea and northern Australia, some species extend into central, western and southeastern Australia. They occupy a range of different habitats, including rainforest, eucalyptus and acacia forest, and shrublands.
(Wikipedia with editing)

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