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Subject: Bowerbird
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:09:55 +0000

As I said in my reply to Christine, I reckon it is a bird just finishing its moult to full adult plumage. I don't think there is anything wrong with the bird. Many adult birds are finishing their annual moult about now and as it takes a male Satin Bowerbird 7 years (known from banding data) to attain their all blue plumage, the timing is about right.


On 18/02/2018 10:54 AM, Philip Veerman wrote:

Strange picture. Doesn’t look normal (or typical). Is this some disease or maybe a mite infestation or just an extreme of new feathers coming in and what we see here is feather shafts of growing feathers. If it is this, it is odd to be so obvious. I suspect Bowerbirds have very dense feathers.


I had an all blue male SBB in my neighbour’s garden yesterday.




From: Christine [m("","christine.d9933");">]
Sent: Sunday, 18 February, 2018 10:31 AM
To: COG chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bowerbird


Seen at ANBG yesterday. Is this normal???


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