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Flame bowerbird

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Sericulus
Higher classification  Sericulus
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Ptilonorhynchidae
Scientific name  Sericulus aureus
Rank  Species
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Similar  Sericulus, Bowerbird, Bird, MacGregor's bowerbird, Amblyornis

Flame bowerbird

The flame bowerbird (Sericulus aureus) is one of the most brilliantly coloured bowerbirds. The male is a medium-sized bird, up to 25 cm long, with flame orange and golden yellow plumage, elongated neck plumes and yellow-tipped black tail. It builds an "avenue-type" bower with two side walls of sticks. The female is an olive brown bird with yellow or golden below.


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The flame bowerbird is distributed in and endemic to rainforests of New Guinea. This species is the first bowerbird described by naturalists. Because of the male's beautifully coloured plumage, it was previously thought to be a bird-of-paradise. Indeed, the male flame bowerbird also has a courtship display along with his bower. He twists his tails and his wings to the side, and then shakes his head quickly.

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The courtship behaviour of the flame bowerbird was filmed by Japanese photographer Tadashi Shimada in Dancers on Fire, a documentary that aired on the Smithsonian Channel. Although the male appeared to court females twice, no successful mating was filmed as the female moved away when the male mounted. However, Shimada filmed other peculiar behaviour, such as a male courting a juvenile male and several juvenile males as well as an adult male appearing to share one bower, only to be destroyed by another juvenile male.

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There are two distinct subspecies, sometimes considered full species:

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  • Sericulus aureus ardens (flame bowerbird), from south-western New Guinea, with orange-faced male
  • Sericulus aureus aureus (masked bowerbird), the nominate form of north-western New Guinea, with black-faced and black-throated male
  • The flame bowerbird is evaluated as least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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