Moving a bower?

Subject: Moving a bower?
From: Graham <>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 10:37:55 +1000

I was wondering if anyone has made any observations regarding the moving
of a bower bird's bower.

I understand that there are many complicated issues involved with
interfering with natural processes and I don't mean to cause any
distress to anyone.

My question is prompted by an observation I made of a Great Bowerbird
bower in the suburb of Rasmussen, Townsville, Qld. This bower has
existed for many years, located on a foot path under a tree. The
adjacent house is surrounded by a 5 foot wooden slat fence.  Recently I
noticed that the bower seemed to have been destroyed. Sad, but not
surprising considering the number of young children that play in the

Last weekend while passing the area I again noticed the bowerbird
calling from a tree within the yard. On a closer look I could see the
bower now located in a garden bed under a tree. Considering the location
of the bird to the bower and the birds collection of ornaments it seems
that the bird has made it's home here. But one thing I did notice was
the lack of the mess of sticks etc. that normally surround a bower. It
would appear that the bower has been picked up as a whole and relocated
to a new location within the yard. A distance of about 10 metres from
it's original location. There is a clear constrast of newly woodchiped
garden bed and the old weathered  look of the bower.

I am making the assumption that the bower was moved by "persons unknown"
and that the bowerbird has located it again and taken ownership.

Is this behaviour normal for bowerbirds?

Thanks for your interest.



Graham Cheetham
Townsville, Australia

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