Also known as the black-eared catbird, Ailuroedes melanotis is a species of bowerbird that is native to north Queensland, Australia and New Guinea. They are unrelated to New World catbirds and get their name due to their cat like call. Like most passerine birds A. melanotis feeds mainly on fruit, flowers, seeds and insects. They are also known to eat small vertebrates and bird eggs as well. Unlike other bowerbirds spotted catbirds form permanent bonds and these pairs will maintain and defend a piece of territory year round.