Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Masked Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus)


French: Jardinier du Prince d’Orange German: Goldlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero áureo

Coracias aurea


, 1758,



Often treated as conspecific with S. ardens (which see). Monotypic.


NW & N New Guinea, from mountains of Vogelkop, Wandammen Mts, Weyland Mts, Oranje Mts, and C ranges and North Coastal Range (Torricelli Mts, Prince Alexander Mts) E to near Sepik R.

Descriptive notes

24·5 cm; male 175–180 g, female 165–175 g. Male has head, nape, mantle and side of neck highly glossy brilliant deep orange with pure white highlights,... read more


Few records; occasional faint "ksh" notes, harshly rasped note, and odd buzzing during... read more


Hill and middle montane forests at 850–1400 m, occasionally down to 500 m; a few bowers... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known; fruits, including figs (Ficus), also insects. Forages from 12 m above ground to treetops. Forages alone or in... read more


Bowers in Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts and Arfak Mts) active Aug–Nov. Polygynous, promiscuous male seasonally building and decorating... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Usually treated as conspecific with A. ardens. Probably not globally threatened. Little-known species. In W of range, not uncommon in forests of... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Masked Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus). 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 28 February 2020).