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BOWER'S SHRIKE-THRUSH

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Australian Tropical Birds

ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

BOWER'S SHRIKE-THRUSH
Colluricincla boweri 20 cm

            Bower’s Shrike-thrush is endemic to upland rainforests of the Wet Tropics region.

            Bower’s Shrike-thrush is one of four Australian shrike-thrushes, two of which occur
        in wet tropical rainforests. This one is the least known of the four.

        Shrike-thrushes are very closely related to whistlers, and may easily be mistaken
        for them.

       They are seen singly or in pairs. Females and males are clearly distinguishable as
        the female has an eye ring and eyebrow of pale feathers, unlike the male. 

        More so than other shrike-thrushes, this bird is rather quiet in the rainforest. Its calls
        however are some of the most commonly mimicked by the Tooth-billed Bowerbird.

         Bower’s Shrike-thrush is similar to the Little Shrike-thrush, but has a black bill, grey
        back and more darkly streaked throat and breast. The Little Shrike-thrush has a
        pinkish-brown bill.

         Birds feed usually on insects and their larvae from the mid canopy. Often this is in
        masses of
vines in the undergrowth, on various tree trunks, and sometimes from
        the ground.

      Near Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge , and at Lake Eacham, this species is
        moderately common.

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