Bowerbird displaying in absence of bower

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Subject: Bowerbird displaying in absence of bower
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 03:00:31 -0700 (PDT)
--- On Sat, 10/18/08, John Leonard <> wrote:
> Has anyone heard of Satin Bowerbird displays away from the
> bower? The sight of the male and females in the dead tree reminded
> me of footage I had seen of Bird of Paradise display trees in
> New Guinea (I know Bowerbirds aren't closely related to BoPs).

Hi John,

I watched a young male Satin Bowerbird practicing his moves without a bower at 
Bunya Mountains in Queensland.  He was not old enough to have adult plumage, so 
less than about 5 years of age (I understand that the males don't get their 
blue plumage until the age of about 5).  I haven't observed a full adult male 
displaying away from a bower - but they might! :)  Unfortunately I haven't had 
a huge amount of time to watch them.  My friend Glen Threlfo would know but 
I've lost contact with him.


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