Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Satin Bowerbird - Female - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

Satin Bowerbirds are a very interesting group of Australian birds that display a unique range of courtship and nest-building behaviours. This species however, has a very striking difference between male and female. With the female being a dull neutral colour, with mottling in feathers: however, the males are an iridescent black that reflects blue light in the sun. Interestingly both have an intensely blue eye.

My first thoughts are that the mottling is the same as the western and central bowerbirds: minus the fluro pink hairdo. The beak is smaller in comparison however, I think that this is beause heir diet is very diffrent. The Satin bower bird eats a much more diverse diet of fruits, and has even taken to introduced spricies of trees. Alongside the oppertuity to eat inscets and just about anything really. In contrast the more arid regions have a much further restricted deit and therefore the beak is much more specialised. Hence, long and thin and sharpe by comparison.

Todays photograph is of the female: which has a distinctive motteling and the uniquely blue eye. This bird is another very elusive bird, often hiding in shadows. In order to take a sharpe picture, you need to really push  the camera to take in a lot of light. As the bird prefers to reside in the darker regions and areas of the forest. However, I am very happy with the result.

Tags: australian birds, female, ptilonorhynchus violaceus, satin bowerbird
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