Bower bird nest. The male bower bird, is an accomplished architect that has long fascinated scientists with its remarkably complex courting behavior. Instead of using just showy plumes or a set of chirps to attract a mate, the pigeon-sized bower bird constructs an elaborate structure — a bower — on the forest floor from twigs, leaves, and moss. It then decorates the bower with colorful baubles, from feathers and pebbles to berries and shells.
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