Saturday, July 7, 2012

>Amblyornis flavifrons (Golden-fronted Bowerbird)

Golden-fronted Bowerbird

Golden-fronted Bowerbird
Head profile and top of head of the male
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Species:A. flavifrons
Binomial name
Amblyornis flavifrons
Rothschild, 1895
The Golden-fronted BowerbirdAmblyornis flavifrons is a medium-sized, approximately 24 cm long, brown bowerbird. The male is rufous brown with an elongated golden crest extending from its golden forehead, dark grey feet and buffish yellow underparts. The female is an unadorned olive brown bird.
An Indonesian endemic, the male builds a tower-like "maypole-type" bower decorated with colored fruit.
Originally described in 1895 based on trade skins, this elusive bird remained a mystery for nearly a hundred years, until January 31, 1981  when the American ornithologist Jared Diamond discovered the home ground of the Golden-fronted Bowerbird at the Foja Mountains in the Papua province of Indonesia.
In December 2005, led by Bruce Beehler, an international team of eleven scientists from the United States, Australia and Indonesia
 traveled to the unexplored areas of Foja Mountains and took the first photographs of the bird .
The Golden-fronted Bowerbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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