Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana)


French: Jardinier de Newton German: Säulenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero dorado

Prionodura newtoniana

De Vis

, 1883,

Tully River Scrubs, north Queensland, Australia




Uplands of wet tropics of NE Queensland (from Thornton Range and Mt Windsor Tableland S to Seaview–Paluma Range), in NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

Male 25 cm, 62–86 g; female 23 cm, 62–96 g. Smallest bowerbird. Male has head, chin and upperparts olive-green, richly suffused with glossy deep golden-yellow (... read more


Male bower-advertisement song a pulsating rattle note, typically lasting for 1–2 seconds,... read more


Upland rainforests at 350–1530 m, mainly 700–990 m. Traditional bower sites on flatter... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fruits, particularly from vines, also flowers, buds, also arthropods. Nestling diet mostly fruits, with some insects, mostly cicadas... read more


Season Sept–Feb, egg-laying peak Nov–Dec, nestlings Dec–Jan, season lasting c. 4 months; display season Jul/Aug–Jan... read more


Resident. In Paluma Range, a marked adult female resighted 140 m from original point of capture c.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. Reasonably common throughout small limited remaining range. Habitat in range fully... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana). 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 25 February 2020).