Bottoms Up

Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

“Male Great Bustards have developed a trick to make their elaborate mating displays even more alluring to females, a study suggests. The large birds lift and point their bottoms towards the sun, say scientists, making their bright white tail feathers more conspicuous”, so starts a report by Victoria Gill on the BBC News website.

A happy consequence is that it could also, as Al Dawes, our release-site Manager points out, make it easier to count birds on spring leks – particularly in Russia where bustards can only be viewed from a long distance away…

Charlie Moores

Posted by Charlie Moores

Charlie is the Great Bustard news & Otis (the official Great Bustard magazine) editor, as well as being an authority on birds worldwide & writing for several online blogs.

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