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  Satin Bower Bird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)





Satin Bower Bird | Ptilonorhynchus violaceus photo
Male Satin Bower Bird at bower, Lamington National Park

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Satin Bower Bird | Ptilonorhynchus violaceus photo
Male tending bower at Lamington National Park

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Satin Bower Bird | Ptilonorhynchus violaceus photo
Male bird is at the bower, green female is on the branch above bower, Lamington National Park

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Satin Bower Bird | Ptilonorhynchus violaceus photo
Immature Male at Walkabout Creek, Brisbane Forest Park

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Satin Bower Bird | Ptilonorhynchus violaceus photo
Female, Bunya Mountains National Park

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Satin Bower Bird | Ptilonorhynchus violaceus photo
Female at Lamington National Park

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SATIN BOWER BIRD FACTS

Description
The male Satin Bower Bird is jet black with bluish sheen. Female is olive green. Immature males like females, and attain adult plumage after about 5 years. The male builds bower of two parallel rows of twigs and decorated with blue objects such as Rosella feathers, flowers and blue pieces of plastic.

Size
25 - 30cm

Habitat
Rainforest, thick coastal scrubs.

Food
fruit, berries, insects

Breeding
Nest is saucer of twigs up a tree. Lays two pale brown eggs.

Range
Coastal areas where rainfall is high.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus:Ptilonorhynchus
Species:violaceus
Common Name:Satin Bower Bird