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Ptilonorhynchidae - bowerbirds

Fawn-breasted bowerbirdThere are 19 species of birds in this family. They are found in the forests of Australia and New Guinea. They are 9-15 inches in length and have rounded wings; short, straight to slightly curved bills; and sturdy legs and feet. They range in color from browns and blacks to blues and greens. Males are usually more colorful than females.

The most unique feature of bowerbirds is the courtship behavior of males. Males build elaborate bowers to attract females. These bowers are made on the forest floor with leaves, grass, twigs, and moss. The bowers are often decorated with feathers, berries, flower, shells, stones, and any other brightly colored or shiny object the bowerbird can find like coins, bottle caps, and aluminum foil! One species of bowerbird, the satin bowerbird, even paints the wall of his bower with chewed berries! The satin bowerbird is especially fond of blue objects!

World Status Key
Least Concern Least Concern Near Threatened Near Threatened Vulnerable Vulnerable Endangered Endangered Critically Endangered Critically Endangered
extinct in the wild Extinct in the Wild extinct Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

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White-eared Catbird - Ailuroedus buccoides Least Concern Asia Australia
Green Catbird - Ailuroedus crassirostris Least Concern Australia
Spotted Catbird - Ailuroedus melanotis Least Concern Asia Australia
Golden-fronted Bowerbird - Amblyornis flavifrons Least Concern Asia
Vogelkop Bowerbird - Amblyornis inornata Least Concern Asia
Macgregor's Bowerbird - Amblyornis macgregoriae Least Concern Asia Australia
Streaked Bowerbird - Amblyornis subalaris Least Concern Australia
Archbold's Bowerbird - Archboldia papuensis Near Threatened Asia Australia
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird - Chlamydera cerviniventris Least Concern Asia Australia
Western Bowerbird - Chlamydera guttata Least Concern Australia

  Yellow-breasted Bowerbird - Chlamydera lauterbachi Least Concern Asia Australia
Spotted Bowerbird - Chlamydera maculata Least Concern Australia
Great Bowerbird - Chlamydera nuchalis Least Concern Australia
Golden Bowerbird - Prionodura newtoniana Least Concern Australia
Satin Bowerbird - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus Least Concern Australia
Tooth-billed Bowerbird - Scenopoeetes dentirostris Least Concern Australia
Flame Bowerbird - Sericulus aureus Least Concern Asia Australia
Fire-maned Bowerbird - Sericulus bakeri Near Threatened Australia
Regent Bowerbird -Sericulus chrysocephalus Least Concern Australia