1. The tooth billed Bowerbird is restricted to upland rainforest in the wet tropics of North Queensland. Here a male calls for females above its bower, which is a cleared patch of ground covered with leaves with their light underside facing up.

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  2. The Great Bowerbird is common dry woodland, parks, even gardens in northern Australia. Here we see several a male bird at a bower which it has constructed to attract females. Note the 'jewels' which it has collected and proceeds to show off as part of the display. These include plastic caps and white marble chips, probably from a nearby graveyard. Also see footage of the Satin bowerbird at vimeo.com/70684038 which make a similar bower but decorates it with blue things.

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  3. The Satin Bowerbird is found in wet forests along the coast and ranges of south east Australia with a separate population in the wet tropics of north Queensland. They can be found in suburban gardens at times. The adult male is a dark blue black, females and young males are greenish. A male bird is shown doing work at its bower deep under some bushes. They collect blue things to adorn the bower- plastic straws, bottle tops and parrot feathers being favourates. Also see the Great bowerbird which occurs in northern Australia, which builds a similar bower at vimeo.com/73760521

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  4. The Satin Bowerbird is found in wet forests along the coast and ranges of south east Australia with a separate population in the wet tropics of north Queensland. Here a couple of young males are building a bower, and showing off its treasures, they have a long way to go before the females will look at it!! Also see vimeo.com/70684038.

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  5. The Green Catbird is an inhabitant of sub-tropical and warm temperate rainforest on the east coast of Australia from SE Queensland to the northern part of the south coast of NSW. Catbirds are bowerbirds that do not build bowers and like bowerbirds are unique to Australia and New Guinea. Filmed here near the NSW south coast town of Nowra which is close to the southern limit of the range of this bird. Famed for the its 'cat-like' meow call, unfortunately this bird was quiet. The loud call in the later part of this clip was of a suburb lyrebird see. vimeo.com/88754595. In the rainforests of north Queensland lives the very similar Spotted Catbird see (and hear) at:- vimeo.com/72813980

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Bowerbirds and Catbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae) of Australia

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Unique to Australia and New Guinea these amazing birds are a source of great delight to watch and one of the reasons why many bird watchers come to this part of the world. Not all are tropical and one, the Satin bowerbird can be found in Canberra gardens!

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