The Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) are renowned for decorating their bowers with all sorts of blue objects that have been collected from the surrounding area. The objects can include seed pods and fruits, feathers, butterfly wings, and artificial objects from discarded blue plastic, ball-point pens, string, marbles and pieces of glass. On occasion there may be objects that are different in colour, especially green-yellow objects, all carefully arranged around the bower by the male bowerbird to attract a female.

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Ptilonorhynchidae
  • Genus: Ptilonorhynchus
  • Species: P. violaceus
  • Binomial name: Ptilonorhynchus violaceus