French: Jardinier satiné German: Seidenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero satinado
“Nouvelle-Hollande”[= Sydney, New South Wales], Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. v. minor
A. J. Campbell, 1912 – wet tropics of NE Queensland (from Mt Amos, just S of Cooktown, S to Seaview–Paluma Range), in E Australia.
P. v. violaceus
(Vieillot, 1816) – SE Queensland (Dawes Range, just S of Fitzroy R at Rockhampton) S in coastal zone (less than 250 km broad at widest point) to S Victoria (Otway Range, immediately W of Melbourne).
32·5 cm; male 173–290 g, female 170–258 g. Male nominate race is entirely glossy indigo-blue, showing violet highlights to black in some lights; glossy... read more
Bower-advertisement song of adult male a clearly whistled "quoo-eeeew"; also loud harsh churring... read more
Rainforest, with strong preference for edges, also woodland, adjacent tall sclerophyll woodlands... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fruits, but some flowers (petals, stamens and nectar), leaves, seeds, and animals (mostly insects). Nestling diet 95% insects,... read more
Season late Aug/Sept–Jan, egg-laying peak Nov–Dec, young leave nest by late Feb, cycle lasts c. 3·5 months; display... read more
Mainly resident. Some individuals, particularly those in woodlands, move into more open habitats... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to reasonably abundant in remaining habitat. Much habitat already lost to human exploitation, and some populations in decline. Otway Range... read more
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