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Masters of Illusion

The bower of a great bowerbird with one display court visible in the foreground.

the bower of a great bowerbird with one display court visible in the foreground, the other court is visible through the avenue. Note the green decorations to the side of the court.

By Laura Kelley & John Endler

Male great bowerbirds construct visual illusions that enhance mating success by altering female perception of their displays.

Laura Kelley is a Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology.

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