Learn the Art of Courtship from 10 Indian Birds

Take your cues from the wild.

For many of us, including your humble narrator, the art of courting is still a puzzle that mankind does not seem to have a definitive answer to. But the bird world, in this regard (and of course, several other regards), has proven to be far more sophisticated and superior. From the bowerbird’s designing of a red carpet to impress his mate, to the expertly choreographed mating dances of the birds of paradise, avian courtships are possibly the most outstanding marvels of nature. Here are some very handy lessons from 10 of our feathered friends.

  • Rohan Chakravarty is a cartoonist, illustrator and animation designer from Nagpur and the creator of Green Humour, a series of cartoons on wildlife and conservation (www.greenhumour.com). He has been awarded by the UNDP, Sanctuary Asia, and WWF International, among others. Rohan is notorious for rolling up into a ball like a pangolin to avoid answering the phone or meeting people.

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