Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 377 - Western Bowerbird

The Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata) is endemic to Australia, meaning it's not found in any other country.

This species is found in Central Australia (where I photographed it) and also in parts of Western Australia.  Interestingly there is a gap between these two areas, where as far as we know, the species is not known.  If you have much of a grasp of the geography of Australia, you may understand that the space between these two areas where the bird is found is pretty much the middle of nowhere.  So, this distribution could be as much a case of where people have looked, rather than where the bird lives.   Maybe a survey of that area could be a project for when I retire!

The bird itself has a wing span of about 140mm and is built much like a slight muscular thrush.  As you can see in a couple of the pictures, this species has a pink 'erectile nuchal crest' on its neck.  (Nechal means 'neck' - I had to look that up!)








You can see a black irrigation pipe in the background of the last picture.  These birds (and I think these are three different birds)  were all photographed at the Alice Springs Desert Park, but they are all wild bird that take advantage of the watering and abundance of plants.

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13 comments:

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Bowerbirds are fascinating, Stewart, especially for those of us who don't have them where we live. Satin Bowerbird is the only species I have seen, so I am open for a few more!

Brian King said...

What a good looking bird! I especially like the first photos in the slender branches!

italiafinlandia said...

He looks nice! ...and so unique.
Thanks for sharing, it was interesting to see!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Another wee gem! YAM xx

Marie Smith said...

A beauty. The markings on the back remind me of European starlings.

A Quiet Corner said...

It has such beautiful markings/specks on it's throat and back, Stewart...:)jp

Lea said...

An interesting and handsome bird!
Hope you are having a great week!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lovely shots

This N That said...

Unusual coloring..kinda spotted..Starling like :) Handsome bird

Cloudia said...

The bower is prepared. Now we DANCE!

Linda said...

Pretty spots, like a starling but a more delicate bird.

Agnes Agnieszka said...

Nice photos

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Nice looking bird, it reminds me of a Starling. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead.