Sericulus chrysocephalus 25 - 29cm
This prince of the rainforest commands attention with its striking gold wings and head. During spring, it will startle visitors with dazzling display flights overhead. Its bower is always well hidden in dense thickets and is not decorated like that of the satin bowerbird which is also found here. Females and young males of both species are well camouflaged, with males taking five to six years to acquire full colour.
(Illustration by Beryl Robertson)
More brilliant birds . . .
Yellow-throated scrubwren - Eastern yellow robin - Rufous fantail - Golden whistler - Eastern whipbird - Noisy pitta - Regent bowerbird - Emerald dove - Rose-crowned fruit dove - Green catbird - Paradise riflebird - Wompoo fruit-dove