Real World Gardener Satin Bower Bird in Wildlife in Focus

December 13th, 2018


Satin Bower Bird

Listeners would probably have heard about the Satin Bowerbird with its glossy blue-back with a distinctly coloured eye.

You may not know though that it takes up to five years before the satin bower bird male develops that full glossy colour.


Satin Bowerbird

Before that it's an olive green.

 Satin bower bird is a medium sized bird, similar in weight to a magpie and has good colour vision especially into the blue and ultra-violet spectrum. So why does it prefer the colour blue to adorn the bower? Is the bower also a nest?

I'm talking with Dr Holly Parsons from

Let’s find out .

PLAY : Satin Bower Bird 5th December 2018

Sorry for Tasmania and South Australia, because you guys are missing out on this rather unusual bird. 

The male builds that bower, a parallel row of sticks in a north south axis but that’s not where the eggs get laid, it just all about attracting the female with collected blue objects and a bit of dancing. 

The female bowerbird gives the bower a good look through several times before making up her mind up whether or not she wants to pair up with the male.


The bower of the satin bowerbird.

The female bowerbird does the nest building which is made up of loose twigs some 30 metres above the ground.

Just remember to snip the blue bottle tops before you throw them into the bin. If you have any questions, either for me or for Holly, why not email or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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