pre-European bowers

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Subject: pre-European bowers
From: "Ian Fraser" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 09:59:24 +1000
WHile blue is obviously crucial to a SBB display bower, and the ready availability of blue artefacts probably means that alternatives are largely ignored now near settlements, I think that 'traditional' birds were/are not blind to other options.

I have a slide taken deep in Tallaganda, of a bower with no artificial aids. Blue Crimson Rosella feathers dominate, with blue berries (probably Dianella), but there is also a selection of mostly pale-coloured 'curiosities', though a couple of sprays of glossy leaves are also present. There are several native snail shells, but centre stage is a sloughed snake skin.
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