One of the prize possesions of the Satin Bowerbird is a blue parrot feather. All three Satin Bowerbird bowers I visited was decorated with a Crimson Rosella parrot feather.
Did you know the Archibold's Bowerbird from New Quinea will decorate his bower with the ornamental head plumes (feathers) of the King of Saxony bird of paradice to impress the females. The idea of a bird collecting such a rare feather for impressing females is one of the reasons bowerbirds facinate me. Humans like to collect rare things to display as well. In fact some humans will go to great lengths to collect and display rare things just like the Archibold's Bowerbird. Have a look at Cornell's video of the King of Saxony bird and his elaborate head plumes here, just bizzare and out of this world.
I was fortunate enough to witness a courtship display of the Satin Bowerbird. He danced using the light to show his indigo blue feather sheen, he showed his possesions by carefully picking them up and re-arranging and finally he picked up a bottle cap ring with a fresh green leaf and gave quite the perfomance displaying the ring and leaf as if to seal the deal.
Here is a study of the courship display. This is called "Courtship of the Satin Bowerbird" 9 x 12. I'm painting smaller studies first before I do a large Satin Bowerbird painting.
I have always loved art and drawing. I studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and then began working for a publishing house as a typesetter and layout artist