Oct 14 2011
Today we travel with the BBC to Indonesia where we find a drab bird with an unusual skill: interior decoration.
Male Volgelkop bowerbirds don’t have beautiful plumes to attract the ladies so they compensate by building and maintaining beautifully decorated bowers where they ultimately mate with the females.
The bower is no nest. It’s a work of art which requires constant maintenance over a period of years. Each feature must be placed to its best advantage, then replaced when it fades or goes out of fashion.
To make his bower easy to find, the male announces it using his amazing voice which can mimic almost any sound. The birds in this video seem to prefer Star Wars’ sounds.
If everything works as planned the male attracts a mate.
Watch the video to see how it’s done and learn a valuable lesson: It pays to decorate with flowers.
(video from BBC One on YouTube)