Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A little levity

Want to peek into the sex life of birds and consider the parallels to humans? A 2003 book called A Tiger in the Bedroom: Lessons from Mother Nature's Sex Shop provides a window -- and some chuckles during long workdays. Written by Katherine Gould, the book includes a bibliography of sources to reassure readers that Gould didn't make up the info.

For instance, Chapter 8 -- Exhibitionist Flamingos or Transvestites, hermaphrodites and other alternative lifestyles -- includes this revelation:

Three, or four, or six is company
If you want to keep more than one mate, the important thing to remember is to treat everyone equally. The Galapagos hawk is an excellent example of this. The female Galapagos hawk lives with two (or three or four or five) males. She is careful not to play favorites. Whenever she does the rumpy-bumpy with one male, she does it with all of them.

2 Comments:

Blogger Born Again Bird Watcher said...

LOL! There are so many comments that come to mind but none of them are fit to print. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say-no-more!

June 12, 2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

PreCISEly, John.

I had trouble finding less-racy items in the book, which is a hoot.

June 12, 2007 10:24 AM  

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