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 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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… …   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

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