NOVA : Flying Casanovas (2001)

Genres - Nature  |   Sub-Genres - Animals, Biological Sciences  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Some men will go to remarkable lengths to impress women, and this documentary reveals that there are birds who are no less creative and determined in their efforts to woo the opposite sex. Bowerbirds are a species of bird native to the rainforests of New Guinea; the male bowerbird uses flowers, shells, eggs, twigs, and many other items available to him to construct large and elaborate "art objects" which researchers have likened to a man sprucing up his bachelor pad. Bowerbirds are one of the few creatures besides man where the male uses his creative efforts to attract females, rather than just physical appearance or bodily strength. Nova: Flying Casanovas, a documentary produced as an episode of the acclaimed science series Nova, examines the phenomena of the bowerbird, and what research on its habits teaches humans about themselves.