Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata)


French: Jardinier brun German: Hüttenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero pardo

Ptilorhynchus inornatus


, 1871,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, north-west New Guinea


Taxonomic status of birds in Fakfak Mts uncertain; compared with those in Arfak Mts, they are slightly darker above and brownish-yellow below, but with grossly different bowers, and some vocal differences#R, although genetic material reveals little differentiation; study required. Monotypic.


Mountains of Vogelkop (Tamrau, Arfak), Onin Peninsula (Fakfak), Bomberai Peninsula (Kumawa) and Wandammen Mts, in NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

25 cm; male 105–155 g, female 105–146 g. Has deep warm brown crown, paler on sides of head and hindneck, becoming more brownish-olive on rest of upperparts; chin... read more


Male at bower sites gives loud advertisement vocalizations, including wavering whistles, chugging,... read more


Rainforest with canopy 25–30 m tall and with emergents of Agathis labillarderi and... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Diet of fruits and insects.


Two nests each with single egg in early Oct; display season Jul–Feb, months of peak activity varying across range. Polygynous,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA. Widespread and common throughout range. People near Hatam, in Arfak Mts, avoid... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata). 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).