Artists 24 September 2010Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Great bowerbirds are known for their dramatic and elaborate constructions with decorative objects such as pebbles, bones, and shells to attract a mate.
But researchers have discovered a new dimension to these showy structures: males of this species build staged scenes that make themselves look larger or smaller than they actually are.
Scientists believe great bowerbirds are the first known non-human animals that create scenes with altered visual perspectives for viewing by other individuals [Michael & Patricia Fogden/Corbis]
Looks to me as tho the great bowerbird has devised a triumphal bower for himself and his mate.