Golden Bowerbirds (Prionodura newtoniana)

The Golden Bowerbird, Prionodura newtoniana is a species of bowerbird found in the rainforests above 700m of Atherton, Queensland in Australia.

The Golden Bowerbird has a brown head and wings which are bright yellow-gold underneath, as are the tail, crest and nape.

The Golden Bowerbird primarily feed on fruits, although they also eat flowers and certain insects, primarily beetles.

During the mating season, the polygamous male tries to fertilize as many females as possible. The female assess the male’s vocal, plumage, display and bower structure before selecting and mating.

The mating season lasts from late September to early February. The female raises one or two young in a small cup nest in a tree crevice approximately two metres above ground.

A common species in its habitat, the Golden Bowerbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


  • BirdLife International (2004). Prionodura newtoniana. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 29 December 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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