Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata)


Taxonomy

French: Jardinier brun German: Hüttenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero pardo
Taxonomy:

Ptilorhynchus inornatus

Schlegel

, 1871,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, north-west New Guinea

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60675 on 21 November 2018).