Science: Artful Builder

Sighting the fabled bowerbird

It had a most unmelodic song, like the sound of someone shoveling gravel. But when U.C.L.A. Ornithologist Jared Dia mond crept forward for a closer look, he encountered a bizarre and beautiful spectacle. As he reported at a news conference in Washington, D.C., last week, there in a mile-high rain forest in western New Guinea was a golden-crested male bird about the size of a bluejay . It was standing in front of a remarkable structure of its own making, a 4-ft.-high bower of long sticks and fronds, shaped like...

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