bowerbird
noun Date: 1845 any of a family (Ptilonorhynchidae) of passerine birds of Australia and New Guinea in which the male builds a chamber or passage arched over with twigs and grasses, often adorned with bright-colored objects, and used especially to attract the female

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  • bowerbird — ► NOUN ▪ an Australasian bird noted for the male s habit of constructing an elaborate bower adorned with feathers, shells, etc. to attract the female …   English terms dictionary

  • bowerbird — [bou′ərbʉrd΄] n. any of certain passerine birds (family Ptilonorhynchidae) of Australia and New Guinea: the male builds a mating bower, variously decorated, to attract the female …   English World dictionary

  • Bowerbird — Taxobox name = Bowerbirds image caption = Male Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes subordo = Passeri familia = Ptilonorhynchidae familia authority …   Wikipedia

  • bowerbird — /bow euhr berrd /, n. any of several oscine birds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, the males of which build bowerlike, decorated structures to attract the females. [1840 50; BOWER1 + BIRD] * * * Any …   Universalium

  • bowerbird — n. bird that builds bowerlike elaborate structures and is native to New Guinea and Australia …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bowerbird — noun an Australasian bird noted for the male s habit of constructing an elaborate bower adorned with feathers, shells, etc. to attract the female. [Family Ptilonorhynchidae: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bowerbird — bow•er•bird [[t]ˈbaʊ ərˌbɜrd[/t]] n. orn any of various songbirds of the Australian and Papuan family Ptilonorhynchidae, the males of which build bowerlike structures decorated to attract the female • Etymology: 1840–1850 …   From formal English to slang

  • bowerbird — /ˈbaʊəbɜd / (say bowuhberd) noun 1. any of various birds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, of Australia and New Guinea, the males of which build bower like structures and decorate them with bright objects to attract females for mating. 2.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bowerbird — n. 1 any of various birds of the Ptilonorhyncidae family, native to Australia and New Guinea, the males of which construct elaborate bowers of feathers, grasses, shells, etc. during courtship. 2 a person who collects bric agrave brac …   Useful english dictionary

  • Western Bowerbird — Conservation status …   Wikipedia

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