Alice Springs and surrounding region provides a popular spot for some
bird watching. There some permanent and semi-permanent waterholes in some of
the gorges along the
MacDonnell Ranges that help to sustain life.
Alice Springs also has a number of key locations for bird watchers including the
Alice Springs Desert Park,
Olive Pink Botanic Garden and the Alice Springs Treatment Plant (Alice
Springs Sewerage Ponds).
Pictured here is the Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata),
the male bird creates a bower, adorning it with found items such as the green
native fig fruit and range of white objects varying from pebbles, white plastic
utensils, bones etc.
The Western Bowerbird has a characteristic erectile iridescent
lilac/pink nape crest, which is much smaller in the female, with less of a marked
pink crest. The immature bird lacks the crest. Olive Pink Botanic Garden is a
popular spot to see the resident Western Bowerbirds.
More images of the
Western Bowerbird can be seen in our
Olive Pink Botanic Garden section.