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REGENT BOWERBIRD Birds of Australia Silver Proof Coin 50c Australia 2013


This brand new coin program is inspired by the birds that inhabit the continent of Australia. Because of the nation’s island status, many of these species are unique and breathtakingly beautiful. Beginning with the characterful Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, and followed by the Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet and Splendid Fairy-Wren, this series is not one to miss.

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Regent Bowerbird
The Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) is a medium-sized, up to 25 cm long, sexually dimorphic bowerbird. The male bird is black with a golden orange-yellow crown, mantle and black-tipped wing feathers. It has yellow bill, black feet and yellow iris. The female is a brown bird with whitish or fawn markings, grey bill, black feet and crown.
All male bowerbirds build bowers, which can be simple ground clearings or elaborate structures, to attract female mates. Regent bowerbirds in particular are known to mix a muddy greyish blue or pea green "saliva paint" in their mouths which they use to decorate their bowers. Regents will sometimes use wads of greenish leaves as "paintbrushes" to help spread the substance, representing one of the few known instances of tools used by birds.
An Australian endemic, the Regent Bowerbird is distributed to rainforests and margins of eastern Australia, from central Queensland to New South Wales. The diet consists mainly of fruits, berries and insects. The male builds an avenue-type bower consisting of two walls of sticks, decorated with shells, seeds, leaves and berries.
The name commemorates the Prince Regent of the United Kingdom.
A rare natural intergeneric hybrid between the Regent Bowerbird and the Satin Bowerbird is known as Rawnsley's Bowerbird.
A common species throughout its range, the Regent Bowerbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2013
  • Face Value50 Cents
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)36.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin's reverse portrays a male and female Regent Bowerbird in colour, headed by the inscription 'REGENT BOWERBIRD'. As well as The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark, the design also includes representations of Australian vegetation. The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2013 year-date.