Sounds & Calls
Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
The Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) is a chunky, medium-sized bird found in forests along the east coast of Australia. Adult male Satin Bowerbirds have a stunning, shiny deep-blue plumage which can appear plain black at first glance. Females and immature males are predominantly ashy green and olive on the upperbody and scalloped green and buff underneath. Both sexes have striking violet-coloured eyes.
Like other members of the bowerbird family, Satin Bowerbirds exhibit complex courtship behaviour. This species builds an avenue-type bower and decorates it with carefully selected ornaments, preferring items which are blue or yellow. In bowers near human habitation, blue plastic straws and plastic bottle lids are often the most common decorations.
Satin Bowerbirds make a variety of calls including mechanical churring and buzzing, harsh grating calls, and loud descending whistles.