Low altitude bower for Tooth-billed Bowerbird.

Subject: Low altitude bower for Tooth-billed Bowerbird.
From: Del Richards <>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008 15:00:40 +1000
In mid September Dave Crawford, guide from Mareeba Wetlands located a male Tooth-billed Bowerbird along Black Mountain Road, north of Kuranda NQ. At the time it was mimicing voices of the Yellow-spotted Honeyeater and Olive-backed Oriole, species that it would not generally come into contact with at higher altitudes. On the 20th September with Dave we located a well cleared playground in a rainforest area primarily composed of lawyer vine. It was covered with about forty leaves (under side up) and the bird was present and singing fitfully. A week later the site was visited by Martin Cachard from Cairns who with a GPS calculated the altitude at 423 metres. Currently most of the other Tooth-bills are singing at their bowers at an altitude of 650 metres and above. This location could well be the lowest recorded singing court for the species. It is not known if there are any females in the area. For this male it would seem to be a huge time and effort investment if that is indeed the case.

Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.


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