Friday, September 18, 2009

Bowerbird, a designer bird

In Australia and New Guinea lives a bird specie called Bowerbirds. Males builds for themselves some sort of huts, and then decorate them in a very creative way.

[Nest of the designer bird decorated with blue pieces]

[Another nest, decorated with shells]

Interestingly, the birds don't actually live in those bowers. They are needed just to attract a female and couple with her. They specifically target the design of those nests for females, and it's being noted that even human females do like them. Look how they use various items to decorate the entrance of their nests (video). That's definitely not what you would imagine if someone says that there exist a designer bird, isn't it?

The existence of such a birds arises an interesting question: is human urge of decorating everything that surrounds us an animal instinct? We definitely would want to believe that this is something that is specific only to such intelligent creatures as humans. What do you think?

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