An earlier post on Australia’s bowerbirds attracted the attention of an Australian blogger who wrote in giving his link.
Dr CH Lee a.k.a. lchxian posted his encounter with a Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) on 5th November 2008.
“Apparently, the male Satin Bowerbird spends a lot of it’s time building this bower. The bower is not a nest. It is just purely for the purpose of attracting a female, copulation is supposed to happen between the walls of the bower.
“I was lucky to witness this female Satin Bowerbird checking out the bower, while the male satin bowerbird is away. Looking at this picture, I wander, if male Satin Bowerbirds chose blue coloured objects for decoration, as it is similar to the colour of the eyes of the Satin Bowerbird.
“This female Satin Bowerbird decided to pick up some of the blue caps, and did a runner… She flew off with the caps. But later returned with two blue caps. Not quite sure why she did it. Note another blue object in the bower.”
Dr Lee has a link to a male Satin Bowerbird that paid the ultimate price, his life, to impress the female. He died an agonisingly slow death, after a blue ring from the milk bottle that he collected, become caught around it’s neck and beak.
All images by Dr CH Lee.