Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris)


French: Jardinier à bec denté German: Zahnlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero dentado
Other common names: Tooth-billed Catbird

Scenopœus dentirostris

E. P. Ramsay

, 1876,

Bellenden Ker Range, 3000–4000 feet [c. 915–1220 m], north Queensland, Australia


Sometimes included in Ailuroedus. Birds from Johnstone R described as race minor, but differences from those in rest of range are trivial. Monotypic.


Wet tropics of NE Queensland (from Big Tableland S to Mt Elliot), in NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

27 cm; male 132–199 g, female 157–182 g. Drably plumaged cryptic brownish bowerbird with bill adapted for leaf-eating (folivory); specialized notches and cusps (... read more


Male gives loud advertisement vocalizations (single squeal, screech and "chuck" notes,... read more


Upland rainforests, typically at 600–900 m, occasionally higher, to 1600 m; in winter months... read more

Food and feeding

During display season eats mainly fruits, with some flowers, stems, leaves and animals (mostly arthropods); in winter months mostly leaves... read more


Season Sept–Jan, peak of egg-laying Nov–Dec; display season starts Aug–Sept (earlier if fruits abundant), peak Oct–... read more


Presumed mainly resident; during winter months some individuals, possibly immatures, descend to as... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. Common throughout small range; surviving habitat fully protected. In Paluma Range,... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris). 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 20 February 2020).