Season 29, Episode 9 Flying Casanovas

First Aired: December 25, 2001

Naturalist David Attenborough checks out love nests made by the male bowerbirds of Australia and New Guinea, which use their lairs to woo females. “No other male seeks to impress a mate in this way,” says Attenborough, “except us.” The nests (they're called bowers) aren't actually nests, since males take no paternal role, and different types of bowerbirds make different types of bowers. And they aren't above chicanery. “Thievery and vandalism,” Attenborough opines, “are sadly the inevitable consequence of rivalry among any creatures who place great value on inanimate things.”

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