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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.
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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
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(ˈbaʊ ərˌbɜrd)

any of various songbirds of the Australian and Papuan family Ptilonorhynchidae, the males of which build bowerlike structures decorated to attract the female.
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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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(20) Both Layard and her husband were keen colonial ornithologists, and the birds in the foliate decoration seem to have been selected with great care: Carey notes their geographic accuracy, pointing out that the depicted bird species, such as the Red-winged parrot, the Eastern rosella, the Crested pigeon, the Regent bowerbird, and the White-faced heron, are 'all native species to the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie region where Threlkeld conducted his mission'.
(16.) 'When the male bowerbird decorates a bower with shells and feathers, the female 'likes it'--with whatever experiential capacities she has.
Cameras follow a male flamer bowerbird as it shows off its artistic prowess to impress a potential mate.