Both the great and magnificent male frigatebirds have a very unique way of attracting their mates: a red, inflatable throat pouch, which looks a little bit like a giant red heart. Donald Dearborn , professor of biology at Bates College.
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He inflates this red throat pouch, often in groups with other males, while also quivering his wings, tilting his head back, and clattering his bill as he calls out to the females that circle above him. During this process, the pouch has two possible functions, according to Dearborn. The red color itself of the balloon-like pouch is created by hemoglobin the protein that transports oxygen in blood and carotenoid pigments red and yellow pigments made by plants, but often found in animals.
For example, carotenoid pigments are what make cardinal bird feathers red.
It could also serve as a resonator for his courtship calls. This is about revelation — or hallucination. Are these ceremonies accurately reported?
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But the film shows cultural expressions being intensified and warped by the new energies of the drug trade. There is a bizarre sequence in which a drug meet goes sour, people are shot and Rapayet decrees that not only must people involved be given a decent, discreet burial but the drug plane must itself be broken up and buried. If I have a criticism of Birds of Passage it is that the character of Zaida herself, so vivid and thrilling at the beginning the movie, tamely fades out almost immediately, a mute wife and mother whose relationship with Rapayet is disappointingly irrelevant.
Yet there are moments of sublime mystery in this film, swooping out of the screen like the birds themselves.
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