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Sexually Showy Male Birds Finish Early


Animals  (tags: wildlife, study )

Jae
- 1107 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
That's because male bustards that perform longer courtship displays lose sperm quality faster than males that do not put on elaborate seduction shows, a new study suggests.



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Val R. (239)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 4:51 pm
Interesting - noted and posted in groups.
 

Jae A. (323)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 4:58 pm
A sample of the article :

.."Casanovas, Take Note

In general, the idea that investing in sexually attractive traits early in life racks up costs later could possibly be applied to other species, including humans, study co-author Sorci said.

For instance, showy male bustards may be the "bird equivalent of the posers who strut their stuff in bars and nightclubs every weekend," study leader Brian Preston, also of the University of Burgundy, said in a statement."

"If the bustard is anything to go by, these same guys will be reaching for their toupees sooner than they'd like."

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So the best route seems to be just shake hands and mate,if you're a bustard,so ta say..... :-)

You'd think they figure out that all that show is not helping the performace that matters after the dance...Think some humans might learn something from these birds...? ...or is it necessary for the males to continue the showy , be they bird or human, at the females insistence ? Are there clues to this within the article or not ?
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 5:46 pm
Interesting , thanks !
 

Kamila A. (141)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 6:38 pm
I have always found the quieter guys more sexy, the narcissistic ones are ALWAYS a turnoff.
 

. (1)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 10:49 pm
Noted. Thank you Jae.
 

Judy C. (106)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 1:00 am
I agree with Camilla! Besides, all that competing must be stressful.
 

Cheree M. (47)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 7:56 am
Interesting. Noted TY
 

SANDRA R. (146)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 2:18 pm
Interesting. Noted. Thank you Jae.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 4:35 pm
noted, thanks Jae
 

Danuta Watola (1196)
Friday August 19, 2011, 1:22 am
Thanks for the Information...
 

Susan S. (191)
Friday August 19, 2011, 7:40 pm
Male birds are always prettier than their female counterparts. Just think of peacock's strutting their stuff. Mother nature must have some reason for this.
 
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