A certain man went for a walk in the woods when he suddenly stumbled upon a small shed filled with wild berries neatly organized. This shed is quite common in the forests of Australia and New Guinea.
At first, the man thought some people built the shed to store wild fruits. After careful observations, he found out that the building was only 30 centimeters in diameter and a few thick sticks were used as the foundation of the shed. Grass was lined on the sticks to form it into a shed. In it, he also found rooms and in each room had different types of wild fruits stored in them.
The man was curious if who would deliberately build a shed in the forest and waited until the owner shows up. He was shocked to see that the owner was a small little bird.
This little bird built a straw shed to hoard the berries it collected. After asking around, the man found out that this bird which built its own house was called The Brown Gardener. This bird can spend up to ten months building the intricate nest and decorating it with edible berries and discarded trash.
However, the shed does not serve as their home. The reason why this bird builds and decorates its shed with bright items and assorted berries is to attract female birds. Male birds would use their artistic creation and the food they collected to attract female birds.
Male birds would use their artistic creation and the food they collected to attract female birds. Brown Gardener birds would place black fruits and beetles in its yard. The red flowers that were collected and set aside in its yard really attracted a lot of attention.
The nest of the Brown Gardener has a roof which is woven from the stem of orchids. They usually build their nest in open areas or at the base of small trees. Usually, a Brown Gardener bird’s nest would have a stick or a few sticks to act as a support for its nest. The collected fruits do not only became a decoration to its nest but they would also eat them as a reward for its labor.
All was set and the mating preparations were done. One thing to wait is for the female gardener bird to approach the shed and share the nest together.
When a female bird approaches the shed, it would usually inspect its future house.
If a female gardener bird is spotted by the male, the male bird would start flapping its wings and singing to attract its prospective partner.
Blue fruits and bottle caps are a male’s favorite collection items
When the male gardener bird has successfully mated with a female bird, it would not rest because it has to wait for the arrival of the next ‘beauty’. The mating process would continue for another more days.