Satin Bowerbird bowers

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Subject: Satin Bowerbird bowers
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 09:33:25 +1000
Hi Alan and all,

The yellow crest feathers of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are also used in the
bowers here in the Blue Mountains. And speaking of well-prepared
bowerbirds, I have seen one bower at Leura which contains a bright blue
condom! It obviously wasn't used with one female bowerbird which I observed
building a nest the other day.



At 7:22 AM +1000 18/9/03, Alan Morris wrote:
>Hi Birders,
>I was interested to read the note from Neil & Judy Russill of 17/9/03
>concerning the Satin Bowerbird's bower in Royal NP where amongst all the
>blue items at the bower was a lone bright yellow crest feather of the
>Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. This was my experience yesterday when I checked
>out the the bower in Suttons Reserve Bateau Bay, apparently being owned
>and operated by a green male. I had gone closer to see whether the two
>blue milk bottle top rings at the bower had been split, which they were
>and noticed that amongst all the blue items were two that stood out! The
>first was a bright long yellow crest feather of the Sulphur-crested
>Cockatoo and the other was white top ring of a condom. A pretty
>interesting item for a male Satin Bowerbird to carry when he dances round
>trying to court his female friends! At least he is well prepared!
>Alan Morris

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