Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Regent Bowerbird
Sericulus chrysocephalus
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The gleaming gold and velvety black spectacle of male Regent Bowerbirds rarely fails to excite even the most casual onlooker. Regent Bowerbirds range northwards up the east coast from the outskirts of Sydney through coastal and mountain rainforests as far north as the Eungella Plateau, west of Mackay. In Queensland they also occur further inland in drier habitats like vine thicket as far as Taroom and Ka Ka Mundi in Carnarvon National Park. There is no better place to see them than O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat in the mountains near Brisbane where many birds congregate near the guesthouse. Finding bowers is another matter. Unlike the other bowerbirds in Australia, males only maintain their bowers for a short period of two to three weeks during the mating season. They are well hidden under overhanging foliage and the best clue to their whereabouts is to hear the very distinctive buzzing call the males give when at the bower.

Photo: 684004

684004 ... Regent Bowerbird.

Photo: 684006

684006 ... Adult male - this plumage takes about four years to attain.

Photo: 684203

684203 ... Adult female with black bill.

Photo: 684204

684204 ... Second year male with yellow eyes and black bill.

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