Call of the Golden Bowerbird

The Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana) is the smallest of the bowerbird species and endemic to upland rainforest in far-north Queensland. Males are a rich golden yellow colour while the female is olive brown.

The advertising call of the male Golden Bowerbird has been described as mechanical, rattling, reeling or insect-like, and while I agree with these words, I feel there is something strangely beautiful about the sound at the same time. Have a listen to the call on the following audio sample & see what you think. This audio recording features the advertising call of a male Golden Bowerbird near a bower on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland.

Watch a video of a male Golden Bowerbird tending to his bower:

The call of a male Golden Bowerbird can also be heard on the album – “Cloud Forest Creek“, recorded in Mount Hypipamee (The Crater) National Park, Queensland, Australia.