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The Great Bowerbird is a large greyish bird with dark bill. The upper parts are fawn grey with darker markings on top of head. The wings are brown with white markings on the feathers. The male has a lilac crest on back of neck, but this is usually only seen when it displays for a female. The male builds a large bower under a shrub or leafy branch. It is a platform of twigs with an avenue of twigs about a metre long and 45cm high. At each end of the bower it makes a display area scattered with white stones, bones, shells and leaves.