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Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

3 Satin Bowerbird at suppressed

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at suppressed - 2 Nov 2019
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at suppressed - 2 Nov 2019
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at suppressed - 2 Nov 2019
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at suppressed - 2 Nov 2019
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Identification history

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus 17 Nov 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus 17 Nov 2019 BIrdsinCanberra

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Author's notes

Two, possibly juvenile male, Satin Bowerbirds appeared to be practicing a mating dance near a bower. One was definitely a juvenile male as it was moulting into its dark satin plumage, with patches of blue appearing. The other bird did not have any clear patches of blue. I think the other bird was a male as well because it was putting sticks into the bower, like it was building it. The first bird actually undertook a bit of a dance while I was watching, complete with the metallic-like whirring sounds these birds make.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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