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Masked bowerbird

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Masked bowerbird
Masked Bowerbird.jpg
Males displaying to a female masked bowerbird, Sericulus aureus, illustrated by John Gould (1804–1881)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus: Sericulus
Species:
S. aureus
Binomial name
Sericulus aureus
Synonyms
  • Coracias aurea Linnaeus, 1758
  • Oriolus aureus Linnaeus, 1766

The masked bowerbird (Sericulus aureus) is one of the most brilliantly coloured bowerbirds. The male is a medium-sized bird, up to 25 cm long, with flame orange and golden yellow plumage, elongated neck plumes and yellow-tipped black tail. It builds an "avenue-type" bower with two side walls of sticks. The female is an olive brown bird with yellow or golden below.

The flame bowerbird is distributed in and endemic to rainforests of New Guinea. This species is the first bowerbird described by naturalists. Because of the male's beautifully coloured plumage, it was previously thought to be a bird-of-paradise. Indeed, the male flame bowerbird also has a courtship display along with his bower. He twists his tails and his wings to the side, and then shakes his head quickly.

The masked bowerbird is evaluated as least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International 2016. Sericulus aureus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T103683932A93931853. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103683932A93931853.en. Downloaded on 17 August 2019.
This page was last edited on 5 August 2020, at 04:38
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