Definition of bowerbird in English:

bowerbird

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaʊəbəːd
 
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noun

  • A strong-billed Australasian bird, noted for the male’s habit of constructing an elaborate run or bower adorned with feathers, shells, and other objects to attract the female for courtship.
    • Family Ptilonorhynchidae: several genera and species
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    • 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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