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How the male common snipe 'flies the flag' to get the girl

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  • Karen Scheuermann
    Karen Scheuermann, Tehama Wild Care, Tehama County, CA www.shastarootsnshoots.com/Tehama_Wild_Care.htm
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2010
      Karen Scheuermann, Tehama Wild Care, Tehama County, CA
      www.shastarootsnshoots.com/Tehama_Wild_Care.htm


      > How the male common snipe 'flies the flag' to get the girl
      > http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100428101446.htm
      >
      > A new study -- using high speed video and feathers bought on eBay -- shows
      > that when the male snipe sticks out his outer tail feathers, they flutter
      > like flags in the wind, producing a highly seductive drumming sound. The
      > winged Lothario also dives to increase the speed and therefore raise the
      > pitch of the call in a bid to impress the female of the species.
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