Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The most notable characteristic of bowerbirds is their extraordinarily complex courtship and mating behaviour, where males build a bower to attract mates....In and around the bower the male places a variety of brightly colored objects he has collected. These objects — usually different among each species — may include hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, feathers, stones, berries, and even discarded plastic items, coins, nails, rifle shells, or pieces of glass. The males spend hours arranging this collection....



3 comments:

Lambert said...

I remember seeing a BBC documentary about those birds, fascinating. They also have a thing for the color blue.

Michelle said...

absolutely! I love that he collects beautiful things to attract his mate...what a gentleman!

Emmy said...

love it! especially since i saw the bowerbirds play a magical show last night in washington d.c.