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“Master Builder” Bowerbird

  Sometimes, looking at the bird’s nest in the tree, I can’t help feeling envious. Birds are so free. They can build nests among the branches of any big tree they see. They don’t have to be like us humans, wanting to realize home ownership, especially if they have a place of their own in the reinforced concrete of the city. Land, it’s really not easy.
  While I admire the freedom of birds to build nests, I also appreciate that birds know where to stop. Most birds prepare only one nest, and most bird nests have only one room, and will not be divided into multiple rooms with different functions like our houses. Because nests are built according to needs, they will not be greedy for more, so the birds who build nests freely can live in peace with each other.
  Not all birds are modest when it comes to nest-building, though. Bowerbirds living in places such as New Guinea and Australia love to show off their “big houses”.
  Build a “luxury house” with fine decoration
  These bowerbirds who love big houses specially form a bowerbird family, with about 8 genera and 20 species. Male bowerbirds regard themselves as “master builders” among birds. In order to reflect the sacredness and solemnity of their profession, they wear black feathers. Female bowerbirds, on the other hand, are free to choose light green or yellow plumage.
  When a male bowerbird matures and wants to “marry and have children”, he will spend a lot of time building an elaborate “palace”. The “palaces” built by different types of bowerbirds are different, but they are all extravagant within their own capabilities.
  However, no matter what kind of building you plan to build, you must first have a land. Bowerbirds do not need to apply to any government department. They can choose a small piece of forest land in the forest that is easy to clean up as they like. After cleaning up the branches and debris on the ground, it is regarded as their own. The “homestead” of an Australian purple bowerbird usually only needs 1 square meter.
  After declaring the ownership of the land, the bowerbird began to collect “building materials” and carried them to the “construction site”. Their main “building material” of choice is tree branches. However, in the absence of steel and cement, and without learning civil engineering, bowerbirds can use branches to build complex structures.
  Some of them will build an arch with branches, some will build a complex gazebo, and some will build a “thatched house”… Unlike the “rough houses” built by many birds, bowerbirds will also “Finishing” the interior and exterior of the home, especially the exterior of the home. They choose brightly colored flowers, beautiful leaves, and colorful feathers shed by other birds to inlay the exterior surfaces of their homes. Sometimes they also bring some blue berries and mash them to “paint” the pavilion. If bowerbirds live near humans, they can choose more decoration materials, such as knives, forks, scissors, glasses, coins… as long as they are shiny or brightly colored items, male bowerbirds will work tirelessly to decorate them own home.
  Singing, dancing, and attracting the opposite sex
  When the male bowerbird thinks he’s done, he will sing aloud and beckon nearby female bowerbirds to come and visit his “mansion”. Some male bowerbirds will also lead the female bowerbirds around the house while “nagging” loudly, as if they are constantly introducing their houses. The male bowerbird’s chatter is not limited to this. When leading the female bowerbird to visit, the male bowerbird does not take the usual steps, but dances a specific courtship dance.
  The innocent and naive female bowerbirds still can’t stand the performance of the male bowerbird. After the dazzling performance of the male bowerbird, they often think that they have met the true love of this life, so they follow the male bowerbird into the “bridal chamber”.
  However, the “mansion” that male bowerbirds build for marriage proposals, female bowerbirds and their babies are not lucky to live in. The female bowerbird also painstakingly rebuilds a nest to serve as a home for herself and her young. In this modest new home, the female bowerbird is left alone to incubate the eggs and care for the offspring.
  And what is the baby bird’s biological father and titular husband of the female bowerbird doing? The male bowerbird is determined to make the most of his painstakingly built mansion. It has started to redecorate its “mansion” again, ready to attract the next female bowerbird!

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