Anti-Caturday: mi bower es su bower

Bower Bird Nest by shie_scraper_of_death
Bower Bird Nest by shie_scraper_of_death

Bowerbirds are a family of birds containing some 20 different species. They eat mainly fruit and the females are pretty much always single mothers, building a nest for themselves and raising the young by themselves.

What makes bowerbirds unique is that they’re are all about the crib. The males will work on their nest until it’s absolutely perfect. Not a hair can be out of place for these homebodies. When the crib is complete it’s time to shout out to the ladies to come check it out. If they find it pleasing, this mack daddy will do the deed and then chickadees simply fly off. Then the male bower bird starts calling for others ladies to come check out his crib. Talk about the ultimate Playboy mansion. Except that the females pretty much have all the control to such a point that especially younger females will leave an aggressively courting male even if they dig the nest. Multiple studies have been conducted even using robot counterparts for real birds (females for males and vice versa) and it seems as if no conclusive results have emerged about the evolution of the bower. Their mating behaviour makes the bower birds the most complex bird with regard to behaviour.

Great Bower Bird by algaedoc
Great Bower Bird by algaedoc
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