We do not believe bowerbirds
are intentionally growing these plants, but this accumulation of preferred objects close to a site of habitation is arguably the way any cultivation begins.
However, the scientists do not believe the bowerbirds
are intentionally cultivating the plants: it is more likely that they are growing around their bowers as a result of the birds gathering fruits for display.
Researchers at the Universities of Exeter (UK), Postdam (Germany), Deakin and Queensland (Australia) discovered male bowerbirds
had unusually high numbers of fruit-bearing plants growing around their bowers, and used these fruits in order to attract females.
Then he begins a series of flawless imitations of many of the other birds that share his home--satin bowerbirds
, rosella parrots, yellow honeyeaters, kookaburras.
A study of the bowerbird
, better known for its elaborate mating rituals, found it learns its calls directly from the species being mimicked, rather than from other bowerbirds
Machin (2008: 763) finds this argument problematic, pointing out that female bowerbirds
do not observe males in the construction of bowers and yet bowers remain a powerful signal of male quality (Wojcieszek et al.
Raucous birdlife kicks in at dawn, with screeching corellas, rainbow bee-eaters, screaming bowerbirds
and honeyeaters, while a boulder-clambering gorge hike to a waterhole reveals endless native plants - pandanus, melaleuca, grevillea, wattle.
Guitarist and songwriter Moore and percussionist Tacular, along with Mark Paulson on piano, violin and percussion, make up The Bowerbirds
, a band that began by writing personal music to praise nature.
(Chlamedera nuchalis) were notorious for stealing finished points, and care was taken not to leave them lying around camps or exposed in situations where they could be stolen.
Bird and whalesong, with their dialects and fashions, elaborate gibbon duetting, the creation of visual displays by bowerbirds
, dolphins or chimpanzees: these are automatically excluded from any prospect of continuity with human art.
Multimodal Displays Age-related variation in female preferences drives complex sexual displays in satin bowerbirds
141) Male bowerbirds
build elaborate structures known as bowers and then attempt to entice females to enter and mate.
To scientists, bowerbirds
may be the world's most famous birds--famous not for their looks but for their behavior.
Oranges, the bowerbirds
nestled in their wreath of twigs: the
6 million trees being bulldozed in an area that is home to around 350,000 animals including quolls, sugar gliders, possums, bowerbirds
, finches and black cockatoos.