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What would a bowerbird do with unlimited bling?

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Old Wednesday 15th January 2020, 21:23   #1
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What would a bowerbird do with unlimited bling?

A question I pondered on my holidays but did not dare to check.

What would a male bowerbird do if he could find unlimited number of shiny objects? Would it bury the bower under the bling, would it stop collecting, or would it ignore shiny things and collect ordinary things?
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Old Wednesday 15th January 2020, 21:32   #2
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A question I pondered on my holidays but did not dare to check.

What would a male bowerbird do if he could find unlimited number of shiny objects? Would it bury the bower under the bling, would it stop collecting, or would it ignore shiny things and collect ordinary things?
Would be a very interesting experiment. . .. Im sorry you didnt give it a shot.
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Don't know, but I can bet the experiment has been done!
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Don't know, but I can bet the experiment has been done!
Yeah, youd think so. . ..
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Yep, probably somebody checked it. It should also happen naturally, e.g. when a bowerbird lives next to a rubbish dump.

But I could not find the answer, so maybe some Aussie member can help?
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I thought they preferred blue objects to shiny ones?
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I thought they preferred blue objects to shiny ones?
Think it depends on the species of bowerbird.
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Yes, it depends of species. I though about Arfak Bowerbird, but the Shiny Bowerbird, which is most familiar to Australians, prefers blue objects.

I also thought that the fourth option is possible. Bower building is competitive. So a male which restrains himself leaves bling to rivals to pick. So a male bowerbird, after filling his bower, might start hiding or destroying the rest of the trinkets.

The question stands either way - what would a Satin Bowerbird do when it found a bucketful of blue pieces of plastic or paper?
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