Satin Bowerbird (species: Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) in Bald Rock NP (Gaia Guide)
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
Satin Bowerbird

©Leo: Mature male Satin Bowerbird

©Leo: A female Satin Bowerbird inspects a bower

©Leo: Young male Satin Bowerbird
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus Ptilonorhynchus
Species Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Mature males have clear blue eyes and are uniformly coloured black, however, light diffraction by the surface texture of the feathers results in an almost metallic sheen giving a deep shiny blue appearance. Immature males are coloured and marked the same as females and are often mistaken for them. (Wikipedia)


  • From 27 cm to 33 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Satin Bowerbird is common in rainforest and tall wet sclerophyll forest in eastern Australia from southern Queensland to Victoria. There is also an isolated population in the Wet Tropics of north Queensland (Wikipedia).

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