Monday, 16 February 2015

Learn from the Bowerbird



Suppose you are a fairly nice, but fairly common male.
Suppose you want to mate with a female deperately.
What to do to get a nice female interested in you?

The bowerbird is such a bird. Nothing special. And they have found a solution for their problem. They build.
They build a bower, a courtship site. A tunnel shape, or a hut. And they take a year, sometime two years to build it. Just to woo their female. To seduce them into his little love nest. The female see the bird do its dance in the hut and the illusion of the hut makes the bird look larger and more impressive than he really is.




Scientists recently discovered that around the nest of the Bowerbird grow remarkably much fruit bearing  plants. And the fruit these plants carry the Bowerbird uses to decorate its nest. When the fruit wither and dies it is removed from the nest and at some distance put down. There it has a chance to grow into a new plant. Bowerbirds use their nest for about ten years on the same spot and thus around the nest the bird has build a real little garden with plants that bear fruit.




The basic design is similar for all bowers : an intricate cone-shaped stack of thin bare branches form a hut with a front entrance, and various collections of forest material are disposed inside or in front of the hut to produce a stunning display site, built by the male bird with the aim of attracting female birds. All bowers are however different : the shape of the hut, the choice of display items. colors and shapes, their arrangement. Typically the Bowrebirds would pick fruits, berries, flowers, mushrooms, beetle elitra, etc… , but when close to villages colored plastic or metal items are also chosen as long as the bird finds enough of them to make it a collection.



 Bowerbirds have also been observed creating optical illusions in their bowers to appeal to mates. They arrange objects in the bower's court area from smallest to largest, creating a forced perspective which holds the attention of the female for longer. Males with objects arranged in a way that have a strong optical illusion are likely to have higher mating success.


They are just tips guys. Build an impressive home with your own hands, stand before it and you will lure one inside. No doubt about that.


9 comments:

  1. I loved this - thanks for the lesson.

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    1. You're quite welcome Leigh. Glad you liked it.

      Han

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  2. Whoa Han!! A fella donig the home decorating to impress a woman! I kind of like that idea! LOL!

    Very interesting to read about this bird. I have never heard of one before. the pic is really interesting and he has made a very colourful "court" to attract a mate. Thanks for sharing. Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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    1. I was inspired by one of those "How to seduce a woman" ads you see everywhere. Well. Maybe you visit other websites.
      And don't see them anywhere. "How to seduce a man", I never saw a book about.
      I think we are unseduceable.

      Thank you so much for your comment Katie,
      Han

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  3. I have seen these birds on the Planet Earth series, and I think it's incredible that they do this! The nature of all the mating rituals across the entire animal kingdom is remarkably similar, don't you think?

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    1. Yes, we men can learn a lot from a simple bird, Autumn. I think the word "mate" is so hot, don't you agree? I love it.

      I love your comment,
      Han

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  4. How nice..
    It is new to me .. and I like what aI read.
    Thank you, Han.
    I learn many new things from your blog.
    And .. If it is something I love, so it is learn new things.

    Take care,
    Mona Lisa

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    1. Ahh, that is sweet of you to say so, Mona Lisa. There are not a lot of subjects I'm not interested in, and know so little myself about each and every one of them. So every blogpost is an opportunity for me to learn as well.

      Thank you very much for your comment, as always I appreciate it Mona Lisa,

      Han

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  5. Absolutely beautiful Han! Thanks so much for teaching us something else new!

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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