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Why Of A Feather Lek Together
2012-03-01 05:38:03

[ Watch the Video ] University of Miami biologist and his collaborators find that in some groups of birds close relatives enhance each other's mating success Certain kinds of male birds gather into small clusters of land called leks to perform their courtship dances, and according to science, who they choose to associate with matters. A new study by University of Miami Evolutionary Biologist J. Albert Uy and his collaborators finds that some male birds are better at attracting females...

2011-06-22 10:40:25

Scientists discover unusual alliances in leks, or groups of males Leks, they're called, gatherings of males of certain animal species for competitive mating displays. But not every lek's members are competitors, scientists have learned. Some--birds called wire-tailed manakins, residents of tropical forests in the Americas--are cooperators as well as competitors. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). "Male vertebrates often form reproductive coalitions to gain...

2005-07-28 14:50:00

New Haven, Conn. "“ In the courtship dance of a male South American bird, the Club-winged Manakin, Machaeropterus deliciosus, rubbing and vibrating specialized wing feathers together creates a courting melody to attract their mates, according to a report in Science. Since Darwin proposed his theories of selection and evolution, it has been posed that sounds made by the feathers of some birds evolved by sexual selection. Richard O. Prum, the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ecology...

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2009-04-07 13:49:22

The Helmeted Manakin (Antilophia galeata) is a species of bird found in Brazil, northeast Paraguay, and the border region of northeast Bolivia. In Brazil it is mainly found in the Pantanal (a tropical wetland in South America) and Cerrado (a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil)regions. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The adult male is a black bird with a red crest. The female is a dull olive green with a reduced olive crest. Photo Copyright and Credit

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