Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)


French: Jardinier tacheté German: Tropfenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero moteado occidental

Chlamydera guttata


, 1862,

“North-West Australia” = probably upper Fortescue River, Western Australia


Previously considered conspecific with C. maculata. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. g. carteri Mathews, 1920 – North West Cape, in Western Australia.
  • C. g. guttata Gould, 1862 – Western Australia from Eighty Mile Beach S, immediately E of North West Cape, through Pilbara into C interior of state; and from Rawlinson Range E into S Northern Territory (E to c. 200–300 km N & E of Alice Springs), and S to NW South Australia (to c. 100 km S of border).
  • Descriptive notes

    28 cm; male 128–142 g, female 122–148 g. Male nominate race has rufous-buff head and neck with extensive black feather margins and exposed bases, much of crown... read more


    Little known. Male's bower-advertisement song consists of repeated loud and harsh churring... read more


    Riverine woodland, scrub thickets in rocky ranges and gorges, and "break-away areas" with... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, particularly rock figs (Ficus platypoda), flowers, buds, nectar, seeds; also animal items, mostly insects. Forages mostly... read more


    Season prolonged, Jul–Mar, egg-laying in Jul–Dec, on North West Cape (race carteri) breeding in Aug–Sept and... read more


    Resident. Some local wandering in response to fruit availability and rainfall.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. North West Cape population (race carteri), recently estimated to be stable at c. 2000 breeding birds, occupying c. 500... read more

    Recommended citation

    Frith, C., Frith, D. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata). 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 25 February 2020).