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Why peacock tails are attractive

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:05 PM

Scientists in the US have used eye-tracking cameras to work out exactly what peahens find alluring in a peacock's tail fan.

The male birds grow their trains of iridescent feathers during the mating, or lekking, season, fanning them out and rattling them to attract a mate.

This team of biologists fitted peahens with eye-trackers to find out what they looked at during this display.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-23423074

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