Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) - HBW 14, p. 400

French: Jardinier satiné German: Seidenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero Satinado
Other common names: Satin-bird

Taxonomy: Pyrrhocorax violaceus Vieillot, 1816, "Nouvelle Hollande" [= Sydney, New South Wales], Australia.
Two documented records of hybridization with Sericulus chrysocephalus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • minor A. J. Campbell, 1912 - wet tropics of NE Queensland (from Mt Amos, just S of Cooktown, S to Seaview-Paluma Range), in E Australia.
  • violaceus ( Vieillot, 1816) - SE Queensland (Dawes Range, just S of Fitzroy R at Rockhampton) S in coastal zone (less than 250 km broad at widest point) to S Victoria (Otway Range, immediately W of Melbourne).