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Why Male Bowerbirds Decorate As Well As Dance

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Science  16 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5669, pp. 372
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5669.372

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In this week's issue of Nature, behavioral ecologists help explain why male bowerbirds need a swanky bower as well as a spunky dance to attract potential mates: The males are trying to woo both older, wiser females and younger, inexperienced ones.