The Mating Game

Blue bird of paradise performs a courtship ritual; artwork by Walter A. Weber, 1950



Consider the male bowerbird who builds and decorates intricate bowers that Martha Stewart might envy—some zen-like and some covered with bling—solely to impress the ladies. If you like a snappy dresser, cast your gaze on birds of paradise; they are dazzling and they know it, with elaborate plumage and extreme courtship rituals. Last but not least is the penguin, paragon of dedication and devotion; once mated they work 24/7 taking care of the precious egg and chick. Choose your favorite: handyman, sharp dresser, or devoted mate.

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