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May 2, 2016 AT 1:00 am

The Biomechanics of the Peacock’s Display

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Great article from Gizmodo discussing the research article “Biomechanics of the Peacock’s Display: How Feather Structure and Resonance Influence Multimodal Signaling“:

Male peacocks shake their brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers to attract females in a courtship display known as “train-rattling.” But scientists had never closely examined the biomechanics behind this behavior—until now. A new paper in PLOS One concludes that the frequency at which those feathers vibrate can enhance this iridescent display—even as the eyespots remain almost perfectly still.

Read more or check out the research article itself for even more info!


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