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Thursday, February 16, 2012

How Not to Pick Up Girls - Lessons from a Peacock


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."

DF: yawn

M: "How do you like my new dance moves??"

DF: walks away

[NDF attempts to intercede and acquire male's attention]


[NDF retreats]

M: "Lookame Lookame Lookame!"

DF: "Walk away Martha."

DF & NDF: walk away

M: "Call me?"


jenlarson said...

That is too funny! Love your pictures!!

Victoria Strauser said...

Thanks Jen! It was really funny to watch!

Jess said...

So funny. I've been laughing through our windows at the shenanigans between our two roosters lately too.

Victoria Strauser said...

I bet! Poor Arnold!

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