Toothbilled bowerbird

Scenopoeetes dentirostris taxonomy

Scenopoeetes dentirostris Ramsay, 1876, Bellenden Ker Range, Queensland, Australia.

other common names

English: Stagemaker, tooth-billed catbird, leaf turner; French: Jardinier a bec denté; German: Zahnlaubenvogel; Spanish: Capulinero de Pico Dentado.

physical characteristics 10.6 in (27 cm); female 0.35-0.40 lb (157-182 g), male 0.29-0.44 lb (132-199 g). Medium sized, brownish bird with a dark notched bill used to cut leaves for decorating court areas.


Australian wet tropics, north Queensland; from Big Tableland in the north to Seaview-Paluma Range in south and on Mount Elliot. Mostly occurs at 1,970-2,950 ft (600-900 m) altitude.


Upland tropical rainforests. behavior

Courts on average are 200 ft (61 m) apart. Court attendance is during late August through early January, peaks in October through December. Adult males exhibit advertisement vocalization, including much vocal mimicry.

feeding ecology and diet

Primarily herbivorous, eating mostly fruits and leaves but also some flowers and arthropods in the canopy; predominantly folivorous in winter. Fruits and insects, mainly beetles, are fed to nestlings.

reproductive biology

Polygynous, with promiscuous males and exclusively female nest attendance. Breeding occurs September through January; egg laying peaks in November and December. Typically nests in suspended vine tangles 26-88 ft (8-27 m) above ground. Nests are made of a sparse stick foundation, sometimes with orchid stems, and an egg-cup lining of fine twigs. Nest diminutive and sparse. Lays one or two eggs. Incubation and nestling periods are unknown.

conservation status

Not threatened. Common throughout remaining, but protected, habitat.

significance to humans None known. ♦

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