It struck me yesterday while watching a peacock trying to entice a peahen that peacock mating rituals resemble bad human dating rituals.
Below is my attempt at translating the encounter.
Cast of characters:
M = Male
DF = Dominant Female
NDF = Nondominant Female
M: "Hey baby, you're looking mighty fine today. How do you like my fancy feathers?? I preened just for you."
DF: preening, ignoring him completely
M: "I've been going to the gym a lot, too. You can tell by my awesome behind."
M: "How do you like my new dance moves??"
DF: walks away
[NDF attempts to intercede and acquire male's attention]
DF: "GET AWAY FROM MY MAN!!!"
M: "Lookame Lookame Lookame!"
DF: "Walk away Martha."
DF & NDF: walk away
M: "Call me?"