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The Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) males of the species 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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The Satin Bowerbird is a large plump bowerbird. The adult males of the species are a dark glossy blue-purple color with a pale bill and bright violet eyes. The adult females and immatures birds are green and brown, with blue/pink/purple eyes and scalloped underparts.

Often found in pairs or small groups, they are quite loud with vocal sounds of screeches, hisses and yowls. They are found in wet eucalypt and rainforests on the eastern side of Australia.


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