can mimic the calls of other birds, as well as other animal sounds and human voices, but little is known about why they do it, and how they learn and expand their repertoire.
Stealing behavior and the maintenance of a visual display in the satin bowerbird
This is the practice of some animals, most notably the male bowerbird
of Australia, to create decorative displays which females evaluate in order to choose reproductive partners.
Gerald Borgia and a team of scientists have been going there to study in detail one species, the satin bowerbird
Beehler and his team identified a number of plants and animals new to science during a December 2005 expedition to the isolated Foja Mountains, and also studied rare but documented species already known to local guides, including the Golden-fronted Bowerbird
and Berlepsch's Six-wired Bird of Paradise.
They include the golden-mantle tree kangaroo, the long-beaked echidna and a golden-fronted bowerbird
A new species of Smokey honeyeater is pictured right, and below, a Golden-fronted bowerbird
At that point, one felt in the presence of a melancholy bowerbird
, wandering around in the terminal moraine of globalism, picking up shards and transforming them through skillful arrangement and an erotically charged grace under pressure into active, still-significant things.
Arrive at the photo of a bowerbird
decorating its nest with various odds and ends--all blue--and who wouldn't want to know more?
So take a listen to an ivory-billed woodpecker, common loon, marbled wood quail, satin bowerbird
, red-ruffed fruitcrow, superb lyrebird, Australian magpie, common nighthawk, common raven, or canyon wren.
They found that the pied currawong, emu, Australian magpie, satin bowerbird
and black-faced cuckoo-shrike, were all tong distance seed dispersal agents.
Another species, the bowerbird
, builds such highly decorated bowers that early explorers were convinced people had made them for children's entertainment.
Genetic population structure and call variation in a passerine bird, the Satin Bowerbird
, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus.
males are well known for making elaborate constructions, lavished with decorative objects, to impress and attract their mates.
Bower destruction and sexual competition in the satin bowerbird