Bowerbirds- bower perpectives

To: "Michael Todd" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Bowerbirds- bower perpectives
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 07:01:12 +1100
G'day All
I've been mindful of this notion for many years every time I come across a new Satin Bowerbird bower. In my experience the reality doesn't measure up to the yarn, I'm afraid.
I believe that the idea is that if the bower is facing north-south, the male can parade his satin sheen very nicely in the sunlight to any bird that may be standing in his bower. However, I've had Satin Bowerbird bowers facing east-west. They could well be designed/positioned so that at least some part of the day the bird can dance about in the sunlight which may be the key. 
It's certainly entirely untrue of all the other avenue bower builders too.
Happy birding
Ricki Coughlan
Sydney, Australia
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