Satin Bowerbird

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus


Least Concern

The male satin bowerbird is a satin blue to black colour with a pale beak and violet coloured iris whilst females are olive-green in appearance with a darker beak and a similar violet coloured iris. They typically live in forests and woodlands preferring wet environments.


Satin bowerbirds mainly eat a variety of fruits throughout the year as well as insects and seeds during summer and leaves throughout the winter.


The male bowerbird builds a Bower which he decorates with blue items such as feathers, straws, bottle caps or flowers. He then performs a vocal dance-like courtship. After mating, the female builds her own nest and incubates the eggs, whilst the male goes in search of another female.

  • Location

    Dark green indicates where the Satin Bowerbird can be found

  • male satin bowerbird collecting blue material at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park