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Bower Birds
Stella M. Turk MBE

pink mouse


Or there is more than

One way to attract a lady

The male may build a tower

With a deal of flower power

But various objects will do

Especially if white or blue.


Although this is not a nest

It is built with real zest

Plus many an artistic frill

Showing some aesthetic skill,

He then hides nearby but out of sight

Hoping she will like colour and height.

If he knows she is near he will enhance

His appeal by performing an intricate dance

The lady builds the real nest on her own

Without any help of her mate, the clown




Authors notes

Written after hearing a delightful account by David Attenborough (on 10th July 2009) the varied behaviour of different species of bower birds. It was a Radio 4 repeat of
an earlier broadcast.

Stella M Turk MBE

July 2009


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