This bower is a U-shaped structure of sticks and leaves into which the male places a variety of objects he has collected. These objects--mostly blue or violet in colour--may include hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, feathers, stones, berries, and even discarded plastic items. The bird will spend hours carefully sorting and arranging his collection, with each thing in a specific place. If an object is moved while the bowerbird is away he will put it back in its place. No two bowers are the same, and the collection of objects reflects the personal taste of each bird.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
On a lighter note, if anyone thinks that autism does not occur in nature, check out this description of the Bowerbird from Wikipedia: