- Male Jackson's widowbirds try to impress females by jumping high into the air.
- Male Jackson's widowbirds also grow long tail feathers especially for the breeding season.
- The female Jackson's widowbirds choose a partner based on the length of his tail feathers and his jumping abilities.
Spark a discussion
- Why do male Jackson's widowbirds jump into the air?
- Why do you think the Jackson's widowbird grows its long, fancy tail feathers only for the breeding season? What might happen if it had them all year round?
- Can you think of another animal whose appearance changes over the year? Why does this change happen?
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