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  Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)





Spotted Bowerbird | Chlamydera maculata photo
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata) Bowra, SW Queensland, Australia

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SPOTTED BOWERBIRD FACTS

Description
The Spotted Bowerbird is dark brown spotted with lighter brown above. The head is reddish brown with grey brown streaks. The underside is pale creamy brown. Males have a lilac pink crest on the back on the neck. The bill is black, the eyes are dark and the legs and feet are greenish grey. Young birds are similar to adults but don't have pink crest. It is similar to the Western Bowerbird but ranges do not overlap.

Size
29 cm

Habitat
woodland, especially dry eucalypt woodland, acacia woodland

Food
fruit, flowers, seeds, insects

Breeding
The nest is a cup made of small twigs on top of platform of larger twigs. The female lays a single pale green grey egg with streaky scribbly dark markings. Male builds an avenue bower made of grass and twigs, usually under a bush. The bower is decorated with white shells, bones, white stones, green berries and near human settlement may include various man made items.

Range
found in large area of New South Wales and Queensland, mostly in drier parts

distribution map showing range of Chlamydera maculata in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus:Chlamydera
Species:maculata
Common Name:Spotted Bowerbird

Relatives in same Genus
  Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (C. cerviniventris)
  Western Bowerbird (C. guttata)
  Great Bowerbird (C. nuchalis)