Birds come in such an amazing array of physical appearances and behaviors. Bowerbirds, as an example from the bird family Ptilonorhynchidae, are virtually unforgettable once you see them in action. Renowned for their unique, ostentatious courtship behavior, males build structures, decorate them, and create optical illusions to attract a mate. Enjoy the following examples!
1. Satin Bowerbird Woos Female with Ring
2. The Sultry Dance of the Flame Bowerbird (This video is in French though the English version, which explains that stomping on the female’s head at the end of this dance wasn’t a great idea, is available at the Smithsonian Channel.)
3. The Vogelkop Bowerbird: Nature’s Great Seducer