Green catbird

Ailuroedus crassirostris

The Green catbird is part of the bowerbird family.  Male and female look alike with plumage of green, flecked with black on the head and face and white on the nape, neck and wing tips, both have red eyes. It gets its name from the cat-like wailing call.

Green catbirds are found along the east coast of Australia, from south-eastern Queensland to southern New South Wales. They live in the tropical and subtropical rainforests and adjacent tall forests along the east coast and adjacent ranges. Diet consists of fruit, insects and larvae.

Green catbirds do not build bowers; they may clear an area and lay leaves down in it.

Courtship is simple, with the male chasing the female from branch to branch, making clicking and rasping sounds. When not chasing, the male preens himself, feeds, and wails. Often, he holds coloured leaves or fruit in his beak while displaying.

The female builds the nest and incubates the eggs; the male help feed the young.

They defend the nest by feigning injury, dropping to the forest floor and fluttering around pretending they have broken wings. It is thought that the birds pair for life.


NSW Department of Environment

Field guide to Australian Birds.

Field guide to the birds of Australia, 6th Edition