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2011-01-18 11:38:06

Male splendid fairy-wrens hitchhike onto predator calls to capture female attention Using a horror film to bring your date closer is a classic move in the teenage playbook. Now, a study of Australian birds finds that other animals use the same "scary movie effect" to attract female attention, by hitchhiking mating signals onto the calls of predators. Male splendid fairy-wrens, a sexually promiscuous small bird native to Australia, are known to sing a special song each time they hear the call...


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Supurb Fairywren, Malurus cyaneus
2009-07-17 10:52:12

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), is an ordinary passerine bird of the fairy-wren family Maluridae. This bird is also known as the Superb Blue-wren or informally as Blue wren. It can be found throughout southeastern Australia, and is territorial and not migratory. This particular species presents a great level of sexual dimorphism. The breeding feathers of the male are a vibrant blue on the forehead, ear conceals, tail and mantle, with black covering the face. The throat is sometimes...

Splendid Fairy-wren, Malurus splendens
2009-07-07 16:25:36

The Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens) is also called the Splendid Wren or Blue Wren and is one of the 12 species from the genus Malurus, commonly known as fairy-wrens. These birds are small at 5.5 inches in length. The tail of the adult male Splendid Fairy-wren is a striking bright blue with black markings and is a somewhat long. Females and the young birds are brown mixed with some gray colorings. This bird resides in dry and semi-dry regions of Australia and also the forested...

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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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