Paul’s post about the bowerbird’s prowess as a builder reminded me of the David Attenborough special, The Life of Birds, which has a segment dedicated to this fastidious and fascinating species. Not only do the birds use perspective to entice their mates, but the bowers themselves may be used to amplify the birds’ songs. They are also known to be formidable immitators.
I seem to recall a show– Attenborough has filmed many with the bowerbird– where the venerable host places a few sticks or leaves out of place and the bird comes back immediately and removes the trash and rearranges the space. It was pretty cute. But I can’t find it on the youtubes.