Western Bowerbird

Ptilonorhynchus guttatus

The Western Bowerbird feeds mainly on fruits, including those of the Rock Fig (Ficus platypoda), Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), Snake Gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) and mistletoe (family Loranthaceae). Other foods include nectar, flowers (Acacia spp.), insects such as moths, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and spiders. The Western Bowerbird drinks regularly and is seldom found far from water. Small groups commonly visit orchards and homesteads to feed on cultivated fruits and vegetables. It is shy and wary and its cryptic ochre-brown and heavily spotted plumage allows it perfect camouflage within tree foliage. It is somewhat similar to the Spotted Bowerbird of eastern and central Australia, and the two species share much of the same habits. For many years, the Western Bowerbird was regarded as a subspecies of the Spotted Bowerbird.