Regent Bowerbird

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Common Name: Regent Bowerbird
Scientific Name: Sericulus chrysocephalus

Size: 9¾ - 11¾ inches (25-30 cm)

Habitat: Australia; endemic to Australia, distributed to rainforests and margins of eastern Australia, from central Queensland to New South Wales.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: unknown.

Diet: Mainly fruits, berries and insects.

Nesting: The male bird is black with a golden orange-yellow crown, mantle and black-tipped wing feathers. It has yellow bill, black feet and yellow iris. The female is a brown bird with whitish or fawn markings, grey bill, black feet and crown.

The male builds an avenue-type bower consisting of two walls of twigs and is 15 cm - 20 cm long and 30 cm high. The bower is decorated with shells, seeds, leaves and berries. Grayish blue and Pea Green are its favorite colors.

The male does not participate in nest building nor feeding the young. The nest, constructed by the female, is a shallow saucer of twigs and leaves, lined with leaves. It is often placed in a clump of mistletoe or a thin fork. The nest may be well away from the male's bower. Only the female incubates and cares for the young.

Cool Facts: While all male bowerbirds build bowers to attract female mates, the Regent bowerbird is unique in its ability to paint the objects in its bower. They mix a muddy grayish blue or pea green "saliva paint" in their mouths and use wads of greenish leaves as "paintbrushes" to help spread the substance. This is one of the few known instances of tools used by birds.

The male Regent Bowerbird's plumage can take from two to five years to develop to full maturity. The name commemorates the Prince Regent of the United Kingdom.

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume II

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