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Golden bowerbird        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Golden bowerbirds are iconic residents of highland rainforest in a small area of far north Queensland. They are the smallest and most colorful of the Australian bowerbirds. Like all bowerbirds, males build special structures used only for courtship: in this species, two small saplings are decorated with twigs, moss, and berries, maintained almost continuously. This one was photographed near Mt. Hypipamee on the Atherton Tableland.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens or 100-400 Mk. II zoom, fill-in flash (2016)