Digital photo September 2008
The male Regent Bowerbird is a spectacular bird with brilliant plumage of golden yellow & black. Adult colours are acquired at 5 years. The female is nowhere near as stunning as her mate – she is olive brown with grey flecks in colour & black under her throat.
The male builds a bower on the ground made up of a shallow layer of twigs which forms the base of two parallel walls up to 30cm high, like an avenue. He will collect a variety of objects such as shells, leaves, seeds & berries to attract a female.
The actual nest is made up of a loose saucer of twigs built high in rainforest creepers where the female will lay 2 eggs. Breeding season is from October – January.
Regent Bowerbirds inhabit rainforest margins, coastal scrub, orchards & gardens. They are seen on the east coast of Australia, ranging from as far north as The Great Divide to coastal fringes of Sydney, NSW.
(This male was feeding on bottlebrush nectar in our garden)
Featured in THE MIGHTY MANNING VALLEY GROUP – June 2009