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Why do some male and female animals look different?

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“If you’re new to birdwatching, you might start to wonder why are male birds so often vibrant while the females are kind of dull. Sexual dimorphism is the difference in size, shape, or color between the sexes of a single species.”

As this Hakai Institute video explains, you can spot sexual dimorphism throughout the animal kingdom, not only in bird examples like harlequin ducks and peafowl.

“To simplify things, we’re talking in binaries male and female. But in reality, the nature of biological sex is much richer and more complex.”

Lions, orangutans, elephant seals, deer, kangaroos, seahorses, mandrills, the Triplewart seadevil, and many other animals have generally evolved to look or act differently to help compete for mates, to provide different types of parental care, to camouflage into their environments, and more.

This video is an episode of Long Story Shorts, quick coastal science explainers by the team at the Hakai Institute.


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