21 Feb '13, 2pm

Nature Blows My Mind! Bowerbirds use math and color coordination

Nature Blows My Mind! Bowerbirds use math and color coordination

Bowerbirds as a group are some of the most fascinating of all birds because of their incredible and elaborate architectural abilities. Well known is the fact that male bowerbirds create the most elaborate displays to attract females for mating, putting untold effort into designing, crafting, and displaying the perfect "love nest" to attract females of the species. But less well known is the amount of thought and calculation put into the creation of the perfect bower. Depending on the species, bowerbirds will get extremely detailed about the colors used, how the colors are displayed, and even more interesting, the geometry of the displays. Found in Australia and New Guinea, bowerbirds use different materials and tricks depending on the species, but all are particular about exactly how their bower is created. And math is part of the process. For the great bowerbird, it's all...

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