The Bowerbird constructs an elaborate nest, or bower, which he then adorns with items of his own choosing... items he hopes the ladies will find irresistible. Different species of Bowerbirds decorate with items indigenous to their region and habitat, and the sizes of their bowers vary from species to species.
For more information about these intriguing birds, check out this wonderful video narrated by David Attenborough.
A Few Bowerbird Facts:
- There are 17 species of Bowerbirds in Australia in New Guinea
- Each species builds its own shape of bower and prefers a different decorating theme
- Items found in bowers include: moss, twigs, feathers, coins, straws, key chains, bottle caps, aluminum foil, flowers, pebbles, charcoal, small toys, shells, nails, glass, rifle shells, and even a glass eye.
- Satin Bowerbirds paint the walls of their bowers with "chewed" berries or charcoal
- The male Bowerbird constantly rearranges his treasures, fine-tuning his masterpiece
- Young male Bowerbirds often steal treasures from their more experienced rivals