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Books about Bowerbirds

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Bowerbirds. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.



Bowerbirds

White-eared Catbird
Ailuroedus buccoides

Spotted Catbird
Ailuroedus melanotis

Green Catbird
Ailuroedus crassirostris

Tooth-billed Catbird
Scenopooetes dentirostris

Archbold's Bowerbird
Archboldia papuensis

Sanford's Bowerbird
Archboldia sanfordi

Vogelkop Bowerbird
Amblyornis inornatus

Macgregor's Bowerbird
Amblyornis macgregoriae

Streaked Bowerbird
Amblyornis subalaris

Golden-fronted Bowerbird
Amblyornis flavifrons

Golden Bowerbird
Prionodura newtoniana

Flame Bowerbird
Sericulus aureus

Fire-maned Bowerbird
Sericulus bakeri

Regent Bowerbird
Sericulus chrysocephalus

Satin Bowerbird
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

Western Bowerbird
Chlamydera guttata

Spotted Bowerbird
Chlamydera maculata

Great Bowerbird
Chlamydera nuchalis

Yellow-breasted Bowerbird
Chlamydera lauterbachi

Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
Chlamydera cerviniventris

 

Sharpe's Birds Of Paradise

R. Bowdler-Sharpe

Illustrations: W. Hart, J. Gould, J.G. Keulemans

Foreword: David Attenborough

Folio Society

2011

A limited edition of Sharpe's Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or birds of paradise and Ptilonorhynchidae, or bower-birds which was originally published in two volumes in 1891 and 1898. This edition which is housed in a slipcase includes high quality reproductions of the 79 plates taken froma first edition at the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

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Bowerbirds: Nature Art History

Clifford Frith and Dawn Frith

Frith & Frith

2008

"This is the authoritative, comprehensive and definitive popular work on bowerbirds. Bowerbirds are the most remarkable and fascinating of living birds because of their amazingly human-like, complex, and artistic behaviour."

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Bowerbirds

Peter Rowland

Australian Natural History Series

CSIRO

2008

"The bowerbirds are confined to Australia and New Guinea and, due to the difficulty in accessing certain areas of their distribution, the study of their habits has been challenging. The 20 species are also almost equally divided between the two regions with eight species endemic to Australia, 10 to New Guinea and two species occurring in both regions. This book aims to condense the published knowledge acquired by ornithologists that have studied the bowerbirds since their discovery, and deliver it in a format suitable for natural history enthusiasts at any level. While the emphasis of the book is on Australia's members of the family, with detailed accounts on each of the 10 species, the New Guinea representatives are discussed in general chapters and are included in a supplemental section that covers key areas such as breeding, identification and distribution. "Bowerbirds" has over 80 illustrations, including colour pictures of each Australian species, their bowers and distributional maps, in addition to over 140 pages of comprehensive written material."

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The Bowerbirds: Ptilonorhynchidae

Clifford Frith and Dawn Frith

Colour plates: Eustace Barnes

Oxford University Press

2004

532 pages, 8 colour plates, 77 b/w halftones, and 26 maps

"The first section of this volume comprises 7 general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the family. The second section provides descriptions of each species individually, including appearance, weights, and measurements; field characters; voice; habitat and food; breeding behaviour; life cycle; and range and status (with distribution map). This provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date species-level information available. The text is supported by 6 specially commissioned colour plates by Eustace Barnes, showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies, 2 plates of colour photographs and many line drawings illustrating special features and behaviour."

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Finches, Bowerbirds and Other Passerines Of Australia

Editor: Ronald Strahan

Birds Of Australia series

The National Photographic index of Australian Wildlife

Angus & Robertson

1996

"This volume includes: buntings; finches; sparrows; weavers; grass-finches; starlings and mynas; orioles and figbirds; drongos; bowerbirds; birds of paradise; magpie-larks; mud-nest builders; woodswallows; magpies, currawongs and butcherbirds; and crows and ravens. Full descriptions are given of each species, as well as breeding habits, habitat, food, voice, distribution and current status. Each entry is accompanied by colour photographs and distribution maps."

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Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds

Michael Everett

Illustrations: John Gould, W. Hart, J.G. Keulemans, Peter Hayman, and others

Burlington Books

1987

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In Quest Of Bowerbirds

Norman Chaffer

Rigby

1984

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The Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds

William T. Cooper and Joseph M. Forshaw

Collins

1977

304 pages with 60 full page colour plates by Cooper.

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Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds

E. Thomas Gillard

Littlehampton Books

1969

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Bower-birds, Their Displays And Breeding Cycles: A Preliminary Statement

A.J. Marshall

Clarendon Press

1954

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Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds

Tom Iredale

Georgian House

1950

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On the Bower-bird recently described by Mr. C. W. De Vis as Cnemophilus mariae

P.L.Sclater

Color plates (Loria mariae): J.G. Keulemans

Ibis: Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 343-344

1895

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"As already recorded in this Journal Mr. C. W. De Vis, the Curator of the Queensland Museum, in a report, dated June 30th, 1894, and addressed to the Administrator of British New Guinea, described a collection of birds made by Captain Armit and Mr. Guise during Sir William Macgregor's recent exploration of Mount Maneao. Amongst the new birds characterized on this occasion was what Mr. De Vis considered at the time to be a second species of his lately instituted genus Cnemophilus, which was dedicated to Lady Macgregor as Cnemophilus maria. Of this species a male had been obtained on Mount Maneao in the month of April at an elevation of 6650 feet, and a young male and five females at 5000 feet."
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Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or birds of paradise and Ptilonorhynchidae, or bower-birds

R. Bowdler-Sharpe

Illustrations: W. Hart, J. Gould, J.G. Keulemans

Henry Southeran

1891 (Vol 1), 1898 (Vol. 2)

Originally published in 2 large folio volumes (in 8 original parts). Comprises 79 hand coloured lithographic plates by William Hart. 52 of these are based on his own artwork, the others are based on artwork by John Gould and John Gerrard Keulemans. Other editions of this work have subsequently been published.

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Last updated August 2013