Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

The Great Bowerbird’s (Chlamydera nuchalis)  favoured habitat is a broad range of forest and woodland, and the margins of vine forests, monsoon forest, and mangrove swamps.

As with most members of the bowerbird family, breeding considerations dominate the lifecycle: females nest inconspicuously and raise their young alone, while the males spend most of the year building, maintaining, improving, defending, and above all displaying from their bowers. Only a male with a successful bower can attract mates.  Spend some time watching them decorate, they are so much fun to watch!

They are a common and conspicuous resident of northern Australia, from the area around Broome across the Top End to Cape York Peninsula and as far south as Mount Isa.  I got my best views in Katherine near the museum and at the Lazy Lizard Caravan Park but I pretty much saw them everywhere!




Experience the Wild

Australian Geographic


Here’s just a few examples of why the Bowerbirds are so much fun to watch!  They dance, decorate, romance and more!


Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

Elizabeth Taylor would have been jealous of these eyes!  The Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) is a bowerbird endemic to eastern Australia.

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You can find them in Eastern Australia, check with local birders and eBird as the bowers are usually well known.  Girraween (blue dot) has an easy-to-find bower near the toilet block.  If they are thirsty, they will let you know by sitting on the water fountain and looking at you expectantly.  Once you find a bower, don’t just tick your list and move on, these birds are very entertaining so sit down and watch them for awhile!




Birdlife Australia

Birds in Backyards

NSW Environment & Heritage

ABC Science



Building a bower.

Robbing humans to woo his fair lady.  Not sure if it was the toothbrush, the car keys, the house, the tenner or his dance show but she finally gives in!


Birding Bowra Part 2 – Pond & Homestead Area

There are some great places to see birds just a few steps from the shearers cabin at Bowra Station.  Getting up at dawn, bringing a chair outside and watching the birds wake up is very rewarding!


Black-winged Stilts are very common here.


White-breasted Woodswallows


Black-fronted Dotterel


Another stilt


Red-winged Parrot


Rainbow Bee-eater

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Red-rumped Parrot

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Spotted Bowerbird with Bower

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Paddy Melons – food for hungry parrots


We’ve all seen pet Budgies but nothing beats seeing them in the wild!  They have nests in the trees near the homestead.

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Red-rump Parrot

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Red-winged Parrot


More Budgies

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Beautiful Red-winged Parrot posing nicely


Red-rumps are usually in the trees around the pond


The 10 Sexiest Male Birds

The BBC brings us this list of stunning birds who really know how to impress the chicks!  I’ve only seen one in person, the Satin Bowerbird in Girraween NP.   He was quite happy to take a blue bottle cap to impress his paramour!  With those brilliant purple eyes, he’s pretty impressive already!

IMG_9110aCheck out the full list and see how many YOU have seen!

My Top Thirty Bird Sightings Of 2014

Most other years this would be a top ten, but with 3 major birding trips this year I am struggling to make it a top thirty!  If you want to see last year’s birds click here.   There is no way I could single out one top bird with so many to choose from so they are being presented in chronological order.  I haven’t finished blogging the Queensland road trip or the African Adventure so I have to cheat a bit with the photos.  They are my photos but just pasted in.

1.  Carnaby’s Cockatoo – seen at several places in Western Australia, Feb 2014.


2.  Western Rosella – seen at Dryandra and Stirling Range in Western Australia, Feb 2014


3.  Purple-crowned Lorikeet – seen near Fitzgerald National Park, Western Australia, Feb 2014


4.  Western Bowerbird – seen at Nallan Station, Western Australia, Feb 2014