September 20th, 2018

Satin Bowerbird - Male - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

Following on from the previous post; Female Satin Bowerbird. Today I am focusing on the male.

The male darkens to a pure black feathered coat all over, as he approaches maturity. Often young males are confused with females, until they start to grow black feathers. As mentioned previously, both also have the intense blue, and sometimes purple eye when viewed in strong light. The black coat reflects an iridescent blue light, which has to be seen to be believed.

Males undertake large efforts to build a bower, and decorate the nest with a trove of blue items an treasures. Making it a very complex courtship process. In doing so, it does reflect the number of single-use plastic items that get discarded by the public every day. One of the birds favourite items seems to be a blue bottle cap, from some bottled water.

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