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September 29, 2005

 

Turkey Wingmen

You probably already know that turkeys engage in courtship behavior. They blush and fan their tails and strut around while emitting a low drumming noise.
It’s attractive if you’re a female turkey. Sometimes, though, male turkey siblings pair up and pool their courtship resources. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

July 14, 2005

 

Guppy, James Guppy

Nobody could attract women like James Bond. They just couldn’t resist his manly qualities, like his penchant for dodging bullets, or leaping from airplanes. There’s something interesting going on here. The suggestion seems to be that males who take risks are more attractive to females. Studies done on another species, guppies, suggest just such a mechanism for the attractiveness of risk-taking. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

July 14, 2005

 

How Does a Cowbird Know It’s a Cowbird?

Brown-headed cowbirds are robin-sized black birds whose range covers most of North America. From a people’s point of view cowbirds are what we might call deadbeat parents. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species, and the cowbird nestlings are raised by the foster parents. Since the cowbirds spend their formative months with birds of an entirely different species which has separate habits, songs, etc., how does a cowbird know it’s a cowbird? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 3, 2005

 

Greatest Whale Hits

Have you ever heard whales moan and make noise in the sea? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

March 24, 2005

 

Bald Eagles on the Rise

Bald eagles are not longer an endangered species. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

February 3, 2005

 

The Cardinal Mating Game

Imagine you're a female cardinal and you're looking for a mate. Before you are three males. Which one should you choose?

November 23, 2004

 

Single Fish Female Seeks Good Father

If you're a single parent, could the parental qualities you present attract a mate? It may not work for humans, but some fish find this scenario very effective.

February 11, 2004

 

Nice Nest

Learn about the stickleback fish and its unique mating strategy on this Moment of Science.

January 29, 2004

 

Flutter Battle

How do male butterflies get their mate? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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