Tooth-billed bowerbird

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Tooth-billed bowerbird
Tooth-billed Catbird - Lake Eacham - Queensland.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus: Scenopoeetes
Coues, 1891
S. dentirostris
Binomial name
Scenopoeetes dentirostris
(Ramsay, 1876)

The tooth-billed bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris) also known as stagemaker bowerbird and tooth-billed catbird is a medium-sized, approximately 27 centimetres (11 in) long, stocky olive-brown bowerbird with brown-streaked buffish white below, grey feet, brown iris and unique tooth-like bill.[2][3][4] Both sexes are similar, however the female is slightly smaller than the male. It is the only member in monotypic genus Scenopoeetes.

The display-court

An Australian endemic, the tooth-billed bowerbird is distributed to mountain forests of northeast Queensland.[5] Its diet consists mainly of fruits and young leaves of forest trees.

The male is polygamous and builds a display-court or "stage-type bower", decorated with fresh green leaves laid with pale underside uppermost.[6] The leaves are collected by the male by chewing through the leaf stalk and old leaves are removed from the display-court. The display-court consists of a cleared area containing at least one tree trunk used by the male for perching. Upon the approach of a female the male drops to the ground and displays.

A common species in its limited habitat range, the tooth-billed bowerbird is evaluated as least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1]

Mimicking Spangled Drongo, Lake Barrine N.Queensland, Australia


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Scenopoeetes dentirostris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Scenopoeetes dentirostris". Australian Antarctic Data Centre. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Community. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. ^ Marshall, Jock (1954). Bower-birds, their displays and breeding cycles : a preliminary statement. Clarendon Press. p. 154.
  4. ^ Hutchinson, G. Evelyn (1970). The itinerant ivory tower; scientific and literary essays. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press. pp. 56–59. ISBN 083691712X.
  5. ^ "Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris)". BirdLife International. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  6. ^ Rowland, Peter (2008). Bowerbirds. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Pub. p. 22. ISBN 9780643094208.


  • Pizzey, G and Knight, F. (1997). "The Field Guide to Birds of Australia". Angus and Robertson. Sydney.

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