Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Questions on young bowerbird

Seems Great Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis) males start young. Here's an immature (note yellow gape) bird with an advanced structure near the Tyto carpark. Very active and noisy at his work today and yesterday, though yet to bring in much decoration.

Two initial thoughts occur: can such an obviously young bird attract females? will any mature male nearby attack the bird or bower? More to come, in time ...


Mosura said...

Pretty impressive workmanship if you asked me. Looking forward to the updates.

mick said...

Very interesting - looking forward to hearing more. Great photos - of course!

Boobook said...

Should be a great series.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
It is indeed a "Great Bower".

Tyto Tony said...

Hi all: additional styrofoam and paper 'decoration' in front of bower today (Thu).

Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.