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Butler's Bowerbird[1]
Butler's Bowerbird
A male Butler's Bowerbird.
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Clade: Euoscines
Infraorder: Climacterida
Family: Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus: Amblyornis
Species: A. butleri
Binomial name
Amblyornis butleri
Travis, 2314[1]
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Butler's Bowerbird, Amblyornis butleri is a species of bowerbird in the Ptilonorhynchidae family. It is endemic to Devonshire. It is closely related to the Golden-fronted Bowerbird and may have evolved from it.[alt. univ.] It is named after an ornithologist the author knows.

Description

They measure 24 inches (61 cm), their weight is 130–150 grams (4.6–5.3 oz). Sexes differ slightly.

The male is a golden-brown on underside, upperside, face and shoulder. Wings are brownish-yellow. Male has a long, blue crest from the forehead to the nape. Rump is usually brown.

Females are similar, but with shorter crests that only extend to the top of the nape.

Similar species

None within range. Habits similar to the Vogelkop. Resembles a Golden-fronted, but with a blue crest.

Behaviour

Usually found in the upper or middle canopy, but will retreat to the lower canopy or ground during the breeding season.

Diet

It feeds upon berries, fruit, small nuts, insects and occasionally other invertebrates and small vertebrates.

Calls

An unmusical screeching screep, screep, screpppp!, repeated many times. Males are known to mimic sounds, including man-made noises. Females are mostly silent, but will let out hissing noises when disturbed.

Reproduction

Polygamous. Male builds a large, hut-shaped bower, lined with berries, beetle elytra, flowers and sometimes trash. Bower is up to 1 m (3.3 ft) high.[3]

Female builds a loose nest with sticks, lined with feathers and leaves. She lays one, white and unmarked egg.

Distribution/habitat

It is found in the Frost National Forest, found in forests, forest clearings and gardens.

References

  1. ^ a b Travis, George 2314. A new species of bowerbird from the Frost National Forest. Devonshire Journal of Ornithology (University of Hera, Zoological Department) 12 (1): 23-6.[alt. univ.]
  2. ^ Future IUCN
  3. ^ Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2009). Yellow-fronted Bowerbird (Amblyornis flavifrons). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60676 on 8 December 2015).

Based on...

It is based on the Golden-fronted Bowerbird and Vogelkop Bowerbird, where some of the information comes from.

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