Rediscovery of the Yellow-Fronted Gardener Bowerbird

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Science  23 Apr 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4544, pp. 431-434
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4544.431


The long-lost bowerbird Amblyornis flavifrons was found in the Foja Mountains of west New Guinea, and its bower and display were discovered. The bower is a stick tower on a rimmed moss platform, adorned with separate piles of fruit of three different colors. The displaying male extends toward the female a blue fruit set against his golden crest. These observations support a derivation of bower ornamentation from ritual courtship feeding and a transfer of ornamentation from the male's plumage to the bower.