Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various birds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae of Australia and New Guinea, the males of which build large elaborate structures of grasses, twigs, and brightly colored materials to attract females.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of bower bird.

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Examples

  • The bird spends hours carefully sorting and arranging his collection, with each object in a specific place; if an object is moved while the bowerbird is away he will put it back in its place.

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  • The regent bowerbird is enjoying his morning shower 50 metres up in the top of the quandong, meticulously grooming each gleaming feather.

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  • A human bowerbird, who or what could he invite with the display?

    Beautifully Arranged

  • All adds up to less for more $, and attracting more bowerbird-types to Portland.

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  • A human bowerbird, who or what could he invite with the display?

    Beautifully Arranged

  • The bowerbird, for example, the female stands around and watches the male build this fabulous nest that's completely useless.

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  • When Mr. Nag and I were first mating I likened his behaviour to that of the bowerbird.

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  • Other species include the well-known gang-gang cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum, glossy black cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami, superb lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae, crimson rosella Platycercus elegans, kookaburra Dacelo gigas, and satin bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus.

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • For one thing, her grandmother was an antiques dealer, a collector, a bowerbird of the human species.

    The Forgotten Garden

  • For one thing, her grandmother was an antiques dealer, a collector, a bowerbird of the human species.

    The Forgotten Garden

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