Relocating Great Bowerbird bowers

To: "'Ricki Coughlan'" <>, "'birding aus'" <>
Subject: Relocating Great Bowerbird bowers
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 11:20:50 +1030

Put the building somewhere else ??


Tony Russell


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From: [ On Behalf Of Ricki Coughlan
Sent: Wednesday, 23 March 2005 5:26 AM
To: birding aus
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Relocating Great Bowerbird bowers


Hi all


A local school here in Broome is constructing a new a building which will be on the site of a Great Bowerbird's bower. They have requested my help regarding what they can do minimise the impact on the bird's life. Current ideas which they've floated are:


- Leave him alone and let him find a new place;

- Try to relocate the bower into a new position on site that is safe;

- Remove his display items and hope he makes a new bower.


Does anyone have any experience with this type of matter who can shed some light on this for me? Great Bowerbird bowers are much larger than those of the Satin and Regent Bowerbirds which many readers on the east coast might be familiar with, but I am hoping that the same types of behavioural responses might be shared with our birds here. Insights or experiences with Great Bowerbirds would be very useful.


I'm open to any suggestions but direct experience would be favoured over speculation. Thanks for your help


Happy birding

Broome WA


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