Unsorted Wild Birds

Tooth-billed Catbirds aka Stagemaker Bowerbirds


Catbirds … Bowerbirds

The Tooth-billed Catbirds, Scenopoeetes dentirostris also known as Stagemaker Bowerbird is a medium-sized, approximately 27cm long, stocky olive-brown bowerbird with brown-streaked buffish-white below, a grey feet, brown iris and unique tooth-like bill. Both sexes are similar, however the female is slightly smaller than the male. It is the only member in monotypic genus Scenopoeetes (= a genus consisting of only one species).

An Australian endemic, the Tooth-billed Catbird is distributed to mountain forests of northeast Queensland in Australia.

A common species in its limited habitat range, the Tooth-billed Catbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Diet / Feeding

Its diet consists mainly of fruits and young leaves of forest trees.

Nesting / Breeding

The male Tooth-billed Catbirds are polygamous and builds a display-court or “stage-type bower”, decorated with fresh green leaves laid with pale underside uppermost. The leaves are collected by the male by chewing through the leaf stalk and old leaves are removed from the display-court. The display-court consists of a cleared area containing at least one tree trunk used by the male for perching. Upon the approach of a female the male drops to the ground and displays.

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