(Australian) bird which builds and decorates bowerlike runs.
New Guinean and N Australian bird of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, related to the birds of paradise. The males are dull-colored, and build elaborate bowers of sticks and grass, decorated with shells, feathers, or flowers, and even painted with the juice of berries, to attract the females. There are 17 species.
Any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females; SYN. catbird. bower bird, bower-bird