Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)


Taxonomy

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

Calodera maculata

Gould

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60686 on 17 December 2018).