|Tooth-billed Bowerbird Scenopoeetes
(aka Tooth-billed Catbird)
The Tooth-billed Bowerbird is distributed in the wet tropics of north-east Queensland. It is found in highland rainforests with the court sites mainly found on hilltops.
|The name comes from the
serrated edges of the bill which are just visible in photo 2.
Food in the winter consists mainly of leaves and succulent stems
and this serrated bill helps with this kind of food. During the
breeding season the birds feed on fruits with some flowers,
stems, leaves and insects.
It is olive-brown above and light brown below with heavy dark brown streaks and spots. It has a thin, rust-coloured eyering.This male was singing on a horizontal branch about 3 metres above his display court which is decorated with fresh leaves placed pale side uppermost.
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