11 August 2013

Satin Bowerbird

Male Satin Bowerbird

Australian Museum page here informs: "a male Satin Bowerbird only develops his wonderful satiny sheen after seven years.  Up until this time, the males possess the same plumage and colouring as the females".

like this one from a previous post.  In all instances I've observed them devouring greens 




31 comments:

Kerri Farley said...

What a LOVELY Bird!!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Bowerbird, I would love to get a picture of one.

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Carole,
Great photos of this bird.
The color is truly sublime.
Sharpness of the bird is also superb.

Greetings Irma

TexWisGirl said...

wow! what a funky guy he is! he does have a BEAUTIFUL feather coat, but he is so stocky and short looking! love him!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

my favorite part would be their eyes ... so mysterious. neat birds. those amazing colors. too fun.

enjoy your week. ( :

eileeninmd said...

He is a pretty bird, the satiny sheen is beautiful. Great shots!

Jeanne said...

I have to think that Australia is BIRD HEAVEN. This is such a gorgeous bird, and have never heard of it before. How interesting that the male only gets this color at 7 years. Your bird photos are getting more and more amazing every post carole!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos of this special bird. Have a nice Sunday, Carol. Best regards, Synnöve

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Carole I have only seen this bird once, (the male) and it was wonderful. I never know that the male took 7 years to develop his plumage so I read up about it in my Michael Morcombe. Lovely post.

Brian King said...

Another first for me. Beautiful bird! Seven years is a long time to attain that plumage!

Montanagirl said...

Very pretty!

grammie g said...

Hi Carole... Wow he doesn't look real, such beautiful sheen and color !!
Amazing how nature works,who would think it took that long to get the plumage that way!!
Both ways are still nice all the same!!

Grace

Isidro Ortiz said...

Preciosa esta ave azul,las capturas son buenas.Un abrazo

Joe said...

Interesting it takes seven year to change colors.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

What a beautiful bird! We don't have those here in the Netherlands ;-)
great shots Carole!

Greetings from the Netherlands,
Gert Jan

Pam =) said...

All the females must love his vivid blue satin feathers- what a stunning bird.
Great captures Carole.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Now this one is handsome indeed.

Merlesworld said...

The male is a amazing colour.
Merle........

Jan Castle said...

What a lush color....reminds me of a beacock!
Hugs,
Jan

Christian Perrin said...

Beautiful photos! I'm surprised that they eat vegetation, I assumed they'd eat berries and bugs!

Stewart M said...

These are wonderful birds - I hope to get some pictures of some in a couple of weeks - but, as with all birds, most plans never come to much!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS; makes me wonder how many "females" are really you males.

DeniseinVA said...

Fantastic shots Carole, such a gorgeous sheen on those feathers. Is this the kind of bird where the male makes those incredible nests for its mate? I seem to remember watching Birds of Paradise and am wondering if it is the same kind of bird.

Carole M. said...

Denise; this earlier post shows two separate bowerbird bowers http://dragonfly47.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/satin-bowerbird.html

DeniseinVA said...

thanks Carole, I left you a message on your other post too :)

Joop Zand said...

Lovely birds Carole it's again a good post.

warm greetings from Holland, Joop

Our photos said...

Great photos!

Liz said...

That's very interesting, Carole! I wonder if there's any way to tell the gender of the Satin Bowerbird I photographed at Queen Mary Falls last year? I thought it was female but it might be a male.

Helma said...

What a fantastic colors this bird. That blue I find great but the female may be there. She has beautiful blue eyes next to a beautiful drawing in her feathers.

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful images of these beautiful birds! What colors! Love the eyes.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You guys have all the fun birds over there! With wonderful names. Did I remember yesterday to tell you how wonderful your header shot is? I love it.

Carole M. said...

thanks Sallie re the header shot and while I sometimes think I'd like to make a change every now and then to the header, I have in the back of my mind how unique these little wrens are to those of you looking on from the other side of the world too.