Friday, 29 April 2016

The Physics Of Peacock Tail Feathers Is Even More Dazzling Than We Realized

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Male peacocks shake their brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers to attract females in a courtship display known as 'train-rattling.' But scientists had never closely examined the biomechanics behind this behavior - until now.

A new paper concludes that the frequency at which those feathers vibrate can enhance this iridescent display - even as the eyespots remain almost perfectly still.

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