Information about: Bower Bird

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Bower Bird. A name given to certain Australian birds, members of the bird of paradise family, from a remarkable habit they have of building bowers to serve as places of resort. The bowers are constructed on the ground, and usually under overhanging branches in the most retired parts of the forest. They are decorated with variegated feathers, shells, small pebbles, bones, etc. At each end there is an entrance left open. These bowers do not serve as nests at all, but seem to be places of amusement and resort, especially during the breeding season. The Satin bower bird is so called from its beautiful glossy plumage, which is of a black color. Another common species is the Spotted bower bird, which has pink collar-like markings on the necks of the males, and is the most lavish of all in decorating its bowers.