The Regent Bowerbird is found in south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales, on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range.
The Regent Bowerbird is a small, slim bowerbird with a long, straight slender bill. The male bird is glossy jet black with bright gold on its head, nape and wings. The male’s bill and eye are yellow. The female is brown-black, mottled brown, with light brown scallops on its back and breast. There are dark patches on the back of its head and on the lower nape. The female’s bill is dark brown to black and the eyes are yellowish-brown. The immature male is similar to the female on its underparts and to the male on its upper parts i.e. head back and wings (except the primary feathers which are brown). The male’s tail is shorter than that of the female or immature birds. Male Regent Bowerbirds’ eyes become yellow in the second year.
The black and gold of the male Regent Bowerbird is unmistakeable. The dark patch on the head of the female and immature, and the scalloped pattern of the breast, help to distinguish them from the female or juvenile Figbird, Sphecotheres viridis. The Regent Bowerbird is slightly smaller and more slender than the Satin Bowerbird, Ptilonorhyncus violaceus, which has a blue eye.
WOZOS have evolved out of years of studying and carving birds, light hearted caricatures of real birds and some purely fantastical. The name derives from the French “oiseau”, meaning bird and has been suitably Australianised. The team that creates these extraordinary little works of art consists of Andre Vanne, his partner Catherine and daughter Lara.
They are made individually using timber that would normally be wasted.
Butt ends, branch wood and other pieces not suitable for furniture manufacture. Therein lies their beauty.
The fine finish achieved brings to life the magical whorls of grain and depth of
Fiddle back not usually seen in commercial grade timber. The heads are sculptured in wax and then hand cast in moulds using reconstituted marble. They are bonded to the bodies and painted in the finest artist’s oils to achieve the translucency found only in this medium. Finally each WOZO is finished with a durable lacquer, before being signed individually by the artist.