July 1, 2010

Bowerbird, Australia

Photograph by Tim Laman, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animals

The gunk on the beak of this satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus minor) is plant matter, which he mashed up to paint his bower's inner sanctum in a rain forest in Queensland, Australia. The pulp adds a hint of color and perhaps flavor: Females sometimes take a taste during the male's display.

See more photographs from the July 2010 feature story "Build It and They Will Come."

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