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The Man with the Golden Bowerbird

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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2010

Bowerbirds build large elaborate structures called 'bowers' purely to court the attention of the opposite sex. The male Golden Bowerbird arranges rainforest fruits and makes a bed of soft lichen, found hanging from branches, only in the dampest montane forest of tropical northern Australia. Male bowerbirds fastidiously maintain their constructions and compete with rivals for both females and the rare decorative material they collect from the forest floor and surrounds. As if that's not enough, the male Golden Bowerbird also produces the most extraordinary mechanical sounds, quite unlike any bird. To see this spectacle, we headed out with Alan Gillanders of "Alan's Wildlife Tours". Alan is one of the best bird and wildlife guides in northern Australia. For years, he has studied Golden Bowerbirds and animals like Lumholz's Tree Kangaroo (he even knows them by name!).

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