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bow·er·bird

 (bou′ər-bûrd′)
n.
Any of various birds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae of Australia and New Guinea, the males of which build large elaborate structures of grasses, twigs, and brightly colored materials to attract females.

bowerbird

(ˈbaʊəˌbɜːd)
n
1. (Animals) any of various songbirds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, of Australia and New Guinea. The males build bower-like display grounds in the breeding season to attract the females
2. informal chiefly Austral a person who collects miscellaneous objects

bow•er•bird

(ˈbaʊ ərˌbɜrd)

n.
any of various songbirds of the Australian and Papuan family Ptilonorhynchidae, the males of which build bowerlike structures decorated to attract the female.
[1840–1850]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bowerbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract femalesbowerbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, satin bird, satin bowerbird - of southeast Australia; male is glossy violet blue; female is light grey-green
Chlamydera nuchalis, great bowerbird - large bowerbird of northern Australia
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The satin bowerbirds of Australia go the extra mile to attract a mate: Not only do the male birds do a special dance, but they perform it in elaborate stick structures adorned with objects in their favourite colour - blue.
Clinical and subclinical toxoplasmosis have been observed in pigeons and other avian species like Passeriformes including canaries (Serinus canarius), greenfinches (Carduelis chloris), goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), sirkins (Carduelis spinus), Linnets (Carduelis cannabina), bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), Hawaiian crow (Corvus hawaiiensis), satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), regent bowerbirds (Sericulus chrysocephalus), and red-whiskered bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) [6].
Part 5, "Australia," includes an introduction by Jonathan Pitches (319-24) and the following essays: Ian Maxwell, "Theatrical Bowerbirds: Received Stanislavsky and the Tyranny of Distance in Australian Actor Training" (325-46); Peta Tait, "Acting Idealism and Emotions: Hayes Gordon, The Ensemble Theatre and Acting Studios in Australia" (347-66); Hilary Halba, "Stanislavsky in Aotearoa: The System Experienced through the Maori World" (367-92).
Their topics include an amateur processing of the system: Stanislavsky in Malta, Stanislavsky with Chinese characteristics: how the system was introduced into China, a teacher's perspective: Stanislavsky at the Escuela de Teatro de Buenos Aires in Argentina, theatrical bowerbirds: received Stanislavsky and the tyranny of distance in Australian actor training, and Stanislavsky in the modern theater of Bangladesh: a mapping of postcolonial appropriation and assimilation.
Green Catbirds associated mostly with Satin Bowerbirds Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, feeding together on Sandpaper Fig, Brown Beech, Moreton Bay Fig, Brush Muttonwood, Tree Heath Trochocarpa laurina and Staff Vine Celastrus subspicata.
Peacocks indicate their fitness by keeping their tail iridescent, the nightingales learn how to sing, the elks grow their immense and heavy horns, babblers care for no genetically related nestlings, bowerbirds build incredible nests and human beings perform acts of charity and spend lots of money on luxury items (Zahavi, 1997; Saad & Gill; 2000; Saad & Vongas, 2009; Miller 2012).
Unlike satin bowerbirds, which decorate mating sites with such treasures as pen caps and clothespins, packrat collectibles aren't on display.
Tomorrow sees the legendary Van Morrison headline the main stage, supported by the chamber folk sounds of North Carolina's Bowerbirds, '80s Cardiff popsters Scritti Politti and eccentric chanteuse Beth Jean Houghton.
Tomorrow sees the legendary Van Morrison headline the main stage, supported by the chamber folk sounds of North Carolina's Bowerbirds, '80s popsters Scritti Politti and eccentric chanteuse Beth Jean Houghton.
Researchers, including academics from the University of Exeter, have found high numbers of potato bush plants near the homes of bowerbirds in Australia.
An international team of scientists discovered male bowerbirds had unusually high numbers of fruit-bearing plants growing around their bowers, and used these fruits in order to attract females.
They have revealed that bowerbirds propagate fruits used as decorations in their sexual displays.