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bowerbird

[bou-er-burd]
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noun
  1. any of several oscine birds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, the males of which build bowerlike, decorated structures to attract the females.
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Origin of bowerbird

First recorded in 1840–50; bower1 + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for bowerbird

bowerbird

noun
  1. any of various songbirds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, of Australia and New Guinea. The males build bower-like display grounds in the breeding season to attract the females
  2. informal, mainly Australian a person who collects miscellaneous objects
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