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The wonderful Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata) is an interesting bird specie whose male of the species creates and decorates a bower by which he attracts the female bird. As well as attracting the female of the species, the male bowerbird will also have to fend off other males rivals, who seek to pinch some of his trinket and even on occasion demolish his bower.

Images © Ausemade PL

The Western Bowerbird builds it bower underneath a suitable shrub/tree, especially those with low growing branches. As well as the rocky hills and gorges, especially where native figs are found, the male Western Bowerbird are known to also build their bowers in surrounding bushland in Alice Springs, as well as local botanic and home gardens. In particular they like to be near permanent water sources, such as waterholes, ponds and bird baths.

Images © Dorothy L

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Genus: Geophaps
  • Species: G. plumifera
  • Binomial name: Geophaps plumifera