Survival of the fittest in this bird’s world means creating a carefully curated bower of brightly colored flowers, deer dung, shells, berries and stones, among other items. These he uses to draw in his female companion for mating.
Male bowerbirds spend hours and sometimes days amassing and putting together this tableau and hope to get picked over their compatriots once the ladies arrive. Female bowerbirds will select their mates based on the quality of their bower. Items that are hardest to obtain will yield the most attention and it seems they’re quite picky. The Mister and I caught the bird episode of Life, Discovery Channel’s newest super-filmed venture into what makes the world around us, last night. I couldn’t stop thinking about these little guys all day.
This begs the question… have you ever met a male who put as much care into his home as these birdies have? (male readers, other than my husband and father and Russ G., feel free to speak up, I have been waiting to hear from you for ages…) You think he did it for himself or for mating purposes?
Ah, Darwinism; ever present, even in our home decor.