Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Art Birds

I picked up the book 'Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution' by David Rothenberg today at the lovely Ben McNally bookshop on Bay in Toronto.  In reading it on the long train ride back, I have learned that there is a little bird called the Bowerbird, that makes assemblage art in order to attract a mate.  What the best part is, each type of bowerbird makes a unique shape, and prefers different colours and materials for decoration.  What a wonderful thing to learn on a rainy Monday.

1 comment:

Dayle & Adrian Questionmark said...

We both were able to see bowerbirds' nest up close while we were in the outback, they collect the craziest things!
Our ranger told us that they'll fly 600km to the ocean to collect shells and stuff. Researchers have found peoples jewellery in some!