Long-tailed widowbird male, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa
With a name like widowbird, youd assume this dusky male to have a low-key love existence. But the ones 20-inch-lengthy tail feathers are highly preferred by ladies, even though they are able to make it tough for the males to fly on windy days. The show has been the difficulty of a good deal study regarding sexually decided on trends and the tradeoffs among physical constraint and attracting a mate, for the reason that tail feathers dont appear to useful resource in flight and may even reason a hinderance. Ah, the matters we do for love.