Definition of bowerbird in English:

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bowerbird

Pronunciation: /ˈbou(ə)rˌbərd/

noun

A strong-billed Australasian bird, noted for the male’s habit of constructing a bower adorned with feathers, shells, and other objects to attract the female.
  • Family Ptilonorhynchidae: several genera and species, especially the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), which decorates the bower with blue-colored articles.
Example sentences
  • Male bowerbirds construct elaborately decorated bowers (which are not nests, but courtship arenas) and females prefer builders of higher quality bowers as mates.
  • Male bowerbirds famously woo females by fashioning elaborate bowers - not nests but U-shaped showplaces with parallel walls of twigs.
  • Studies by a scientist at the University of Maryland show that male bowerbirds modify their courtship rituals based on the females' body language.

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Syllabification: bow·er·bird

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