Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)


French: Jardinier maculé German: Fleckenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero moteado oriental

Calodera maculata


, 1837,

“New Holland” = Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia


Previously considered conspecific with C. guttata. Hybridization with C. nuchalis recorded SE of Charters Towers (E Queensland). Monotypic.


Interior of Queensland S of 20° S (except extreme W & SW) and interior of W & C New South Wales (except extreme W border country) S to extreme NW Victoria, in E Australia.

Descriptive notes

29 cm; male 125–150 g, female 124–162 g. Has variable warm buff head striated and streaked with warm greyish, forecrown feathers having blackish margins, a few... read more


Bower-advertisement song, courtship and other calls of male loud and harsh churrings, also vocal... read more


Brigalow (Acacia) and eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodlands, with preference for... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily fruits, flowers and seeds; also arthropods, including grasshoppers and relatives (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants (... read more


Season prolonged over range, Jul–Mar, peak of egg-laying Oct–Feb; display season Apr–Jan, peak Jul–Nov. Polygynous... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to scarce. Formerly extended W along Murray R system just into South Australia (where range was always small), but considered... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2019). Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata). 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).