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Eye-Tracking Reveals What s Hot, What s Not from the Peahen s Point of View

The peacock is one of the animal kingdom’s ultimate Casanovas. But which parts of the peacock’s love dance turn a female’s head? An eye-tracking study finds it’s not what you might think.Researcher Jessica Yorzinski of UC Davis and Duke University uses tiny custom-fitted cameras modeled after human eye-tracking devices to study peacock courtship from the female’s point of view.A peacock’s long technicolor tail may be eye-catching, she said, but males have other amorous charms that could also get a girl’s attention.“Females could be looking at the males’ eyespots, head crests, spurs, or the length of their legs,” Yorzinski explained...

July 25, 2013 — Robin Anne Smith

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