Birds change sexual tastes as they age [National Geographic]

by Limbic on April 23, 2004

Interesting stuff passed on by master Abelard:

As a woman matures, so does her taste in men. What attracts her at 20 will most likely differ when she’s 30. Female bowerbirds, it seems, share these age-specific preferences when it comes to choosing mates.

A new study finds that a young, inexperienced, female bowerbird judges a male by the manner in which he decorates his bachelor pad. Once she’s aged and mated a few times, this affinity for a swanky domicile fades, and she then relies on courtship routine—a vigorous song and dance—to select the most worthy suitor. MORE

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