June 12, 2007
115: The Blue Suited Booby
Every girl's crazy for a sharp-dressed man – so I hear, constantly, on the classic rock station shooting out of each Camaro here in town.
But there's substance to the argument; in the bird world, appearance is practically everything. While it can be said that approximately two out of every three ZZ Top band members are intensely bearded, the ratio of male bird species that rely on colourful, attractive or otherwise distinctive plumage to lure potential mates is much higher. Boiled down: the suit makes the man.
Some species that live in massive colonies made of birds appearing precisely the same – like the blue-footed booby – require other means to identify individuality. Brilliance of the feet is an asset, but the male also makes use of an elaborate courtship dance to attract attention.
Nonetheless, my submission for this week's Illustration Friday theme of suit suggests – as ZZ Top will tell you – that in the mating game, a nice suit goes a long way in seperating contenders from pretenders.