Golden bowerbird

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Golden bowerbird
Prionodura newtoniana by Bowdler Sharpe.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus: Prionodura
De Vis, 1883
Species: P. newtoniana
Binomial name
Prionodura newtoniana
De Vis, 1883

The golden bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana) is a species of bowerbird found in the rainforests above 700m of Atherton, Queensland in Australia. The golden bowerbird has a brown head and wings which are bright yellow-gold underneath, as are the tail, crest and nape.

The golden bowerbird primarily feed on fruits, although they also eat flowers and certain insects, primarily beetles.

During the mating season, the polygamous male tries to fertilise as many females as possible. The female assess the male's vocal, plumage, display and bower structure before selecting and mating. The mating season lasts from late September to early February. The female raises one or two young in a small cup nest in a tree crevice approximately two metres above ground.

A common species in its habitat, the golden bowerbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


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