Unsorted Wild Birds

Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

The Regent Bowerbirds, Sericulus chrysocephalus is a medium-sized, up to 25cm long, sexually dimorphic bowerbird. The male bird is black with a golden orange-yellow crown, mantle, and black-tipped wing feathers. It has a yellow bill, black feet, and yellow iris. The female is a brown bird with whitish or fawn markings, a grey bill, black feet, and a crown.

All male bowerbirds build bowers, which can be simple ground clearings or elaborate structures, to attract female mates. Regent bowerbirds in particular are known to mix a muddy grayish blue or pea green “saliva paint” in their mouths which they use to decorate their bowers. Regents will sometimes use wads of greenish leaves as “paintbrushes” to help spread the substance, representing one of the few known instances of tools used by birds.[1]

An Australian endemic, the Regent Bowerbirds is distributed to rainforests and margins of eastern Australia, from central Queensland to New South Wales. The diet consists mainly of fruits, berries, and insects. The male builds an avenue-type bower consisting of two walls of sticks, decorated with shells, seeds, leaves, and berries.

The name commemorates the Prince Regent of the United Kingdom.

A common species throughout its range, the Regent Bowerbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


  1. John Farrand Jr., The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of Animal Life, 1982
  • BirdLife International (2004). . 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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