Monday menagerie: Bowerbirds

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I’ve decided to try out yet another new regular for my blog. Please welcome the Monday Menagerie. As most of you know I am quite an animal enthusiast, and a self-proclaimed cute hunter, so I’ve decided to showcase some of my latest finds right here. Now, quite uncharacteristically, I have managed to stay away from owls, cats and piggies for the first post, and will instead be presenting you with… *drumroll*… the bowerbird!

I’ve heard the name before, but never really knew much about them until I went to check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town (the one in the planetarium building) over the weekend. One of the photos depicted a bird peeping into a nest with a pink paperclip in its mouth. Like so:

Of course, I was enraptured with delight… and became even more so when I read the description.

It turns out this birdie (a male) had built a beautiful little nest and was now trying to attract the object of his affection with this magical find: a pink paperclip.


According to Wikipedia: “Bowerbirds are most known for their unique courtship behaviour, where males build a structure and decorate it with sticks and brightly coloured objects in an attempt to attract a mate.”

Real little winged-hoarders. Birds after my own heart, if ever there were any. How sweet! Unfortunately they have an Austro-Papua distribution, which basically means if you want to see a bowerbird collection with your own eyes, you’d have to travel down-under.

In the mean time, check out these pics:

They seem to really like blue, or what?


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