Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (PTILONORHYNCHIDAE) Satin Bowerbird


Medium-sized bird, females are olive green on top with white underbellies, males have striking blue-black plumage, pale blue-white bill and a violet-blue iris. Prefer wetter forests and woodlands and nearby open areas. Feed on fruits throughout most of the year. During summer (breeding season) the diet is supplemented with a large number of insects. The male builds and maintains a bower: a small open avenue, not attached at the top, made of twigs and grasses, decorated with bright blue coloured objects.
Female. Photo: Derek Boddington