Bower bird


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Bow´er bird`


1.(Zool.) An Australian bird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus or Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus), allied to the starling. The male constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates them with bright-colored objects to attract females; the satin bird.
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PICK OF And there's comedy too as we observe a juvenile male bower bird getting lessons in the Grand Designs of nest building and DAY interior decoration from an adult male who then tries to chat him up.
Parklands Albury-Wodonga described him as: "Bower bird, map-maker, planner, recruiter, chaser of sponsors and grants, designer of signs, history and heritage adviser, working bee co-ordinator, risk management assessor and implementer and much, much more."
As deftly as the title character in her award winning poem "Bower Bird," Wilkinson weaves structures to house the delicate creatures and societies she explores, demonstrating how our trappings can also become entrapments.
Ann Kelley's The Bower Bird, about a 12-year-old girl awaiting a heart transplant, was named children's book of the year.
Other authors in contention for this year's prize were: The Bower Bird, by Ann Kelley, in the category of best children's book; What Was Lost, by Caherine O'Flynn, in the category of best first novel; Young Stalin, by Simon Sebag Montefiore, in the best biography category; and Tilt, by Jean Sprackland, in the best poetry collection category.