Re: Bowerbird displaying in absence of bower

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Subject: Re: Bowerbird displaying in absence of bower
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 15:42:31 +1100
One other thing I should have said. This wasn't a young male (it was
fully purple, without a hint of immature plumage).

John Leonard

2008/10/18 John Leonard <>:
> On Red Hill in suburban south Canberra I noted a Satin Bowerbird male
> displaying to females this afternoon in the absence of a bower.
> It was displaying to one female near the ground in moderately thick
> low shrubs, bouncing on and off a low branch making the usual whirring
> calls. It then flew up to ten feet or so in the lower boughs of a dead
> eucalypt and bounced from bough to bough, not gaining any height,
> making the same calls, while at least four females inspected the
> performance from much higher up (the top branches of the tree).
> Finally the male flew another 10 meters to bare area of ground and
> began courting one female who was on the ground with him.
> Although I was reluctant to do too much poking around I am confident
> that nowhere in this area was there a bower. All this must have taken
> place at least 50 meters from a bower.
> (For those who know Red Hill this was nowhere near the bower that used
> to exist near the golf-course. Instead it was directly up the hill
> from the Kent Street Telstra offices, just below the second
> water-tank.)
> Has anyone heard of Satin Bowerbird displays away from the bower? The
> sight of the male and females in the dead tree reminded me of footage
> I had seen of Bird of Paradise display trees in New Guinea (I know
> Bowerbirds aren't closely related to BoPs).
> --
> John Leonard
> Canberra
> Australia

John Leonard

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