Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris)


French: Jardinier à poitrine fauve German: Braunbauch-Laubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero pechipardo

Chlamydera cerviniventris


, 1850,

Cape York, north Queensland, Australia


Both sexes of Australian population heavier than those of New Guinea, but differences minor and no races proposed. Monotypic.


NW & E New Guinea (Ransiki and Kebar Valleys, in E Vogelkop; and coasts from Jayapura in N and, in S, from Merauke E, including isolates in Jimi Valley and Aiyura Valley, to SE mountains); and N Queensland (from N tip of Cape York Peninsula S in E coastal zone to Massy Creek area, E of Coen), in extreme NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

29 cm; male 145–182 g, female 117–170 g. Plumage is brownish-olive above, slightly paler and greyer on crown, with pale dirty off-white to buff shaft streaks and... read more


Bower-advertisement song and other calls of male varied harsh churring, sputtering and rattling... read more


In New Guinea found in lowland to hill forest patches and in eucalypt-paperbark (Eucalyptus... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Diet fruits and insects. Nestlings fed with fruits and insects, including caterpillars and beetles (Coleoptera). Forages... read more


Breeds in all months in New Guinea, peak months varying regionally, and in Sept–Dec, laying mostly Nov, in Australia; display season... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Patchily common; otherwise scarce to absent. Some upland New Guinea localities possibly colonized following habitat modification brought about by... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2019). Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 June 2019).