Sericulus melinus
Bower bird Bow"er bird` (Zo["o]l.) An Australian bird ({Ptilonorhynchus violaceus} or {Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus}), allied to the starling. The male constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates them with bright-colored objects to attract females; the satin bird. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also applied to other related birds of the same region, having similar habits; as, the {spotted bower bird} ({Chalmydodera maculata}), and the regent bird ({Sericulus melinus}). [1913 Webster]


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  • Sericulus melinus — Regent Re gent, n. [F. r[ e]gent. See {Regent}, a.] 1. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bower bird — Bow er bird (Zo[ o]l.) An Australian bird ({Ptilonorhynchus violaceus} or {Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus}), allied to the starling. The male constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates them with bright colored objects to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chalmydodera maculata — Bower bird Bow er bird (Zo[ o]l.) An Australian bird ({Ptilonorhynchus violaceus} or {Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus}), allied to the starling. The male constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates them with bright colored… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus — Bower bird Bow er bird (Zo[ o]l.) An Australian bird ({Ptilonorhynchus violaceus} or {Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus}), allied to the starling. The male constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates them with bright colored… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ptilonorhynchus violaceus — Bower bird Bow er bird (Zo[ o]l.) An Australian bird ({Ptilonorhynchus violaceus} or {Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus}), allied to the starling. The male constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates them with bright colored… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Regent — Re gent, n. [F. r[ e]gent. See {Regent}, a.] 1. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Regent bird — Regent Re gent, n. [F. r[ e]gent. See {Regent}, a.] 1. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spotted bower bird — Bower bird Bow er bird (Zo[ o]l.) An Australian bird ({Ptilonorhynchus violaceus} or {Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus}), allied to the starling. The male constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates them with bright colored… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Regents of the University of the State of New York — Regent Re gent, n. [F. r[ e]gent. See {Regent}, a.] 1. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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