bower bird definition

  • noun:
    • A type of Australasian bird noted for creating a sizable nest decorated with bright objects particularly shells and glass.
    • someone who collects items for show.
    • The name of the Australian oscine passerine birds of the genera Ptilonorhynchus, Chlamydodera, etc., constituting with some authors a subfamily Ptilonorhynchinæ, of the family OriolidÅ“.
    • some of various birds for the Australian area whose men develop ornamented structures resembling bowers being entice females
  • others:
    • An Australian bird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus or Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus), allied into the starling. A man constructs singular bowers or playhouses of twigs and decorates all of them with bright-colored things to entice females; the satin bird.

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