10 Amazing Bird Courtship Dances and Displays

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The courtship rituals of birds include some of the most spectacular sights on Earth. On this page are ten of the most colourful, the most bizarre, the most touching and in some cases the most comic displays of courtship in the bird world, as male birds strain every sinew in their bodies in their urge to procreate.

If you have never seen any of these dances, posturings and rituals before, then they will surely amaze. But all are true and they reflect the extraordinary lengths that many birds will go to, in order to outshine their rivals and attract a mate.

Why do birds dance?

The purpose of courtship rituals is obvious; to attract a mate. All birds do it, but some will just make do with the simple songs and calls for which birds are famous, and maybe a little head bobbing or ruffling of feathers to make it a bit more of a show. In some parts of the world however, it's different. The competition for mates is intense, and it's in each male bird's interests to prove to the female of their choice that they are the most fit, and the best adapted to pass on their genes to the next generation. And they can do that by demonstrating their superb condition which enables them to grow more impressive feathers, develop louder, more melodic voices, or invent more agile creative displays than their rivals.

For this selection I've tried to pick and mix. Some are solo displays by the male, some are mutual lovefests by an established pair, and some are organised and spectacular group performances. And the emotions they hopefully stir in us will also vary - some are colourful, some are unbelievably complex, and some are just bizarre. And some will hopefully lighten your day with a smile.

Each of the courtship routines will be featured in a video, while my contribution will be to describe these - to our eyes - eccentric gems of bird behaviour, and to speculate how these displays might be rated by the object of the bird's desires. There is also a poll at the end for you to apply your own human values to vote for your favourite dance routine. Employ whatever criteria you want, but do try to ignore the human input into the video performance; after all, the bird cannot be held responsible for the music, the editing, or the quality of camerawork - just the display!

Here then is the list of ten birds with remarkable dance routines and courtship displays.

1) Andean Flamingo

We will begin with one of the more graceful displays of courtship. Flamingos are much loved birds for their pretty-in-pink plumage, and when seen in a mass flock of many thousands of birds, they produce one of the most spectacular wildlife sights on the planet. And they are at their most spectacular - and charming - when they begin their pair-bonding rituals. The ritual itself is not perhaps the most agile or creative of dances, but the choreography, which is like an amalgamation of a slow waltz and a formal marching band, is strangely elegant. A group of birds - as many as 50 or 100 of both sexes - will gather and begin to strut together in unison, stretching their necks and turning their heads first one way, then the other; all in the hope that they'll turn the heads of the opposite sex. All six species of flamingo undertake these rituals when the time comes to mate and nest, but the ones which are shown below are the yellow-legged Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus which lives in the mountain wetland areas of Peru, Chile and Argentina. (However these birds will flock interspecifically and early in the video at 15secs, you can also see a 'red-kneed' Chilean Flamingo).

The video is originally by KPBS San Diego but uploaded to YouTube with added music by Jill McPartland. As a mass spectacle, it is perhaps the prettiest display on this page.

2) Superb Bird of Paradise

If flamingos go in for group activities, male birds of paradise by contrast are very much solo performers, and when it comes to spectacular plumage and out of this world dance routines, there is nothing to beat them. There are only 42 species in the world, all in the Australasian region of the world, and all have something unique to offer. Many are among the most colourful birds on Earth, but perhaps the less handsome a bird is, the more inventive one has to be to attract the ladies. Three relatively subdued hued males are featured here, because they've all become really creative with their dance routines. This first one is the Superb Bird of Paradise Lophorina superba, which lives in the New Guinea rainforest. It's a species which is predominantly black despite some irridescent blue patches around the head and neck. But watch what happens when one of the reddish-brown females comes near - a display occurs which is so bizarre it's hard to even recognise what we're looking at - is it wings, head, tail or something from outer space? In fact it's an elaborate arrangement of a blue breast shield, a cape of long black feathers and small blue patches over the beak. If you can't quite work out what you're seeing, here's a link to an excellent explanation by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The short video below is taken from Wildscreen Arkive, but the original film comes from the BBC Natural History Unit, and shows the most bizarre visual display on this page.

3) Magnificent Riflebird

To be honest, I could have filled this page with ten best courtship candidates just from the bird of paradise family. Riflebirds are a part of the same family, and like all birds of paradise, they have developed flamboyant displays. The one featured here is the Magnificent Riflebird Ptiloris magnificus, also from New Guinea, and the female clearly has similar tastes to the female Superb Bird of Paradise because once again the male is decked in black plumage with irridescent blue patches. But compare the two dances. The Riflebird does not produce quite the same extraordinary 'unbird-like' appearance that the Superb Bird of Paradise manages, but instead it indulges in a frantic cloak and dagger act, leaping around, swaying his blue-neck from side to side, and arching his wings like an umbrella to either smother his lover or charm her into a loving embrace, depending on your point of view. In the video, one can see the brown female also does a rather pale imitation of the same dance, as if to encourage him to do better than her. But have the sound turned up, because even more remarkable than the dance is the swishing sound that the male bird generates with his wings (first heard in the video at 55secs. If the courting Superb bird of paradise adopts a beautiful yet alien vision, the courting Magnificent Riflebird emits the most alien of sounds. Just listen!

The video is the work of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. and illustrates the most bizarre audible display on this page.

4) Queen Carola's Parotia

This excellent video shows the the dance of Queen Carola's Parotia Parotia carolae. This is one of several species of bird of paradise collectively known as the Six-Plumed Birds of Paradise, for the six long head quills used in their elaborate courtship display. They live, like most other birds of paradise, in the forests of New Guinea, and much of their dance is conducted on the forest floor. All ground-dancing birds of paradise begin their routine with a clean-up of the dance floor, removing twigs and leaves (not shown in the video), and when the dance starts, it may involve several different moves. But in the opinion of many, the display of this species is the most complex of all. The video shows an extraordinary series of pivots, head tilts and hops - first of all on a perch above the ground, and then on the dance floor itself. And then the routine becomes even more elaborate with a vigorous sequence of shaking and fluttering of wings and a head bobbing motion, before the grand finale - the so-called 'ballerina dance' as the bird sways side to side, and spreads his feathers to create a tutu-like effect around the head whilst displaying his colours and his plumes. And all done under the watchful gaze of several hopefully admiring females.

The video is by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and details all the moves in succession. Certainly the compilation of moves makes this the most intricate display on this page.

5) Clark's Grebe

Perhaps it's easier for a small bird fluttering about on land to be agile. Not so easy for a bigger bird walking on water. But grebes manage it. These birds which are from the family Podicipedidae are often considered to be relatives of other such waterbirds as the cormorants, herons and sandpipers, but recent research suggests one of their closest living relatives may be the aforementioned flamingos. They are to be found swimming and diving on freshwater lakes and ponds in many parts of the world, but perhaps most typically in the temperate climes of North America and Eurasia. The courtship display of the male and female Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii - seen here in Oregon, U.S.A - is especially appealing, and that is the reason I have included it here. It's hard not to apply human values to the video below and to anthropomorphise these birds. The bond between the couple as they neck and preen and then dance their way side by side across the water - it's hard to see it as anything other than true love. And indeed, they are one of the few birds which are known to pair bond for more than one season, and this ritual is therefore not so much about finding a mate, as it is about reaffirming their continuing relationship.

Watching the BBC video, narrated by the great Sir David Attenborough and uploaded to YouTube by heavenshield, one may conclude that the Clark's Grebe gives the most overtly romantic display on this page.

6) Flame Bowerbird

When it comes to courtship, the bowerbirds are the closest rivals in the world to the birds of paradise, with many remarkable rituals among the species. However for the most part the effort is slightly less focused on elaborate dance and more on building a specialised courtship arena on the forest floor. This arena - the 'bower' - is in itself a creation worthy of note, meticulously put together and maintained, but that is not the subject of this page. The Flame Bowerbird Sericulus aureus, has one of the less intricate bowers - a short avenue of grassy stems - but in this species the orange and red male uses his colourful plumage at least as much as his bower to demonstrate his worthiness. And the way he displays it is quite extraordinary. Not graceful, but ungainly and very very strange. He begins by curiously dilating the pupils of his eyes and then slowly twisting his body such that he looks almost deformed. He'll spread his wings, and then - most oddly - he'll gradually extend his legs and raise his body up to twice his normal height. Surely an intimidating display, but the female seems to find it attractive, particularly as he also offers her little gifts like the purple berries seen here!

This video is from BBC Earth. As you may have realised, I've tried to apply at least one superlative to each display, but I'm honestly not sure what to say about this routine. But trying to put oneself in the mind of a female bird (not an easy thing for a male human to do), the way he contorts his body and shows off his credentials as a suitor perhaps makes this - in her eyes - the most erotically sensual display on this page!

7) Red-Capped Manakin

So Michael Jackson could 'moonwalk'? Basically sliding his feet backwards very fast? Well maybe people thought that was clever, but nature got there first with an infinitely more agile and colourful display from a tiny little black and red and yellow thing called a Red-Capped Manakin Ceratopipra mentalis. The Red-Capped Manakin lives in the jungles of Central America, and after viewing its courtship routine, it just has to be one of the most agile, comically backwards-walking, quick-stepping birds on the face of the Earth. Though come to think of it - are there any others? The dancing bird is a male, and as so often is the case, the female who has to choose whether he's up to the task is more subdued in colour. She makes an appearance towards the end of the video. Take a look at the male's unforgettable antics as he tries to woo the love of its life, and try to remember, this film is not reversed, nor is it digitally manipulated. This is what the Red-Capped Manakin really does to attract his mate!

The video is uploaded by Unheard Beethoven (as his name suggests, this YouTube contributor likes to append his videos to the music of Beethoven). The bird he chooses to accompany the music here is not only comical, but must surely have the most agile footwork of any dance display on this page.

8) Blue Manakin

There's more than one kind of manakin in the rainforest and this next bird on our list is the Blue Manakin. But with the best will in the world this blue version is not as adept at dancing as his red capped relative. Indeed, the basic objective of each male bird in the video seems to be to just impress the lady with how high he can jump and flutter, and how quickly he can shuffle along the branch of a tree. As the video begins it may seem pretty ordinary - but as time goes on and none of the birds tire, so one can't help a smile spreading across the face. Because the Blue Manakin has got his red-capped cousin beat hands down when it comes to social courtship with a gentlemanly disposition. This species, which lives further south in Brazil and Argentina, typically dances in a group. According to some, only one of these birds - the alpha male - has a chance of mating. All the others are pals, there just to provide a formation display team to help him get his girl (the obscure greenish bird on the left). But quite what they get out of the ritual is unclear, and certainly in this video it's difficult to single out one bird as the lead. So maybe they are all competing for the female's affections? Either way, it's charming how they dutifully take it in turns to display and then go to the back of the queue to await their chance to impress again ... and again ... and again.

In this video by Roberto Tonon, I'm not sure any of them - alpha, beta, whatever - prove successful, so perhaps she just isn't that way inclined? I'll say this though - the orderly way in which this bunch of seven male manakins behave seems to be a heck of a lot more civilised than the behaviour you'd expect from a bunch of seven testosterone-filled human males who all fancy the same bird!! And whatever the motivations, the antics of these male suitors makes this perhaps the most energetic of displays on this page.

9) Japanese Cranes

We began with the study in pink of a flock of flamingos gyrating in unison. We (almost) finish with an equally beautiful, rather less choreographed, yet even more graceful display of black and white cranes in the snowbound Far East. Cranes are very large birds by any standards, and the Japanese Crane - also known as the Red-Crowned Crane Grus japonensis - is one of the largest species of all, up to 158 cm (5 ft 2 in) tall, with a wingspan of 250 cm (8 ft). Even taking off in normal flight is a bit of a strain for birds of this size, so courtship dances are best kept on the ground. How then to make best use of their long legs and neck and wings to prove their fitness to a mate? The answer is to jump and to flap and to bow and to turn in a show of sheer exuberance, and to call at the tops of their voices.The dances are performed in pairs so they are more of a mating ritual between two birds who have already paired, than a bid to find a mate. For their size, these Japanese Cranes are among the most elegant of all birds, and their courtship rituals are enchanting.

Undoubtedly this is a beautiful video by AQUA Geo Graphic, and undoubtedly I would say this is the most graceful of displays on this page.

10) Blue-Footed Booby

Sorry, I had to finish with this one. It's not the cleverest, it's not the most elegant, it's not the prettiest, and it's not the one that involves the most effort. In fact, it's not much of a courtship ritual at all. But it's definitely comical! This is the Blue-Footed Booby Sula nebouxii, a large, waddling seabird most famous for its enormous bright blue paddle feet. As you might expect from looking at it, the booby doesn't know how to twirl or leap or dance flashily. Basically the Blue-Footed Booby's idea of wooing his mate is offer her some gift twigs (not particularly attractive twigs), stretch his head up into the air, and then - by far the most important of all - slowly raise his great big ungainly feet off the ground, one after the other. That is supposed to impress the female (the larger bird in this video), although it doesn't always seem to work very well. If I thought wearing huge blue flippers and lifting one up in the air after the other might do the trick for me, I'd give it a go, but I guess I'd be even less successful than the booby in the video!

By contrast to some of the professional videos here, this is an amateur piece, shot in the Galapagos Islands, uploaded by Stephanie Plummer and very cleverly matched by her with appropriately silly music to play out what is the funniest display on this page. It makes for an nice comic end to this batch of ten of the most amazing bird courtship dances and displays in the world.

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I'd Love to Hear Your Comments. Thanks, Alun 31 comments

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Greensleeves Hubs 11 months ago from Essex, UK Author

stuff4kids; Thank you Amanda. Very true. We may use different trinkets, but the basic intent is the same - just a different way of showing we care, and that we are capable of putting in the effort!

I didn't know that about the starling. Interesting and rather charming behaviour.

As for the grebes, you are lucky to see this. we have grebes on nearby lakes and ponds here in England, but they are a different species, and I have yet to see a courtship dance such as this. Lovely to hear from you. Best wishes, Alun


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stuff4kids 11 months ago

Beautiful and very interesting. I think it is fascinating, the way in which these courtship rituals have evolved and can't help thinking that out own rituals of dressing up, giving chocolates and flowers, really are just the same thing.

Did you know that the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) does something quite beautiful - it's not exactly courtship because it's usually after the female has already chosen her mate and started to sit on the nest - but the male brings colored flower petals and places them all around the edges of the nest cup. No one has yet discovered a practical explanation and the behavior was only discovered recently as the birds are cavity nesters and this behavior was only noted once tiny video cameras had been installed in some nest holes.

I have seen the courtship dance of the Grebes on a lake not far from where I live - it's quite something!


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Greensleeves Hubs 11 months ago from Essex, UK Author

gerimcclym; Thanks Geri, and nothing pleases me more than to hear that the article and videos help to increase your interest in birds! I guess the colour and plumage of birds is one of the aspects which most attracts people, and that colour and plumage is never seen to better effect than in courtship displays like these. Cheers very much for your comment, Alun


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Greensleeves Hubs 11 months ago from Essex, UK Author

DDE; Devika thanks. I appreciate what you say, particularly your words about the presentation, as I do try to take time getting that right. Cheers very much.

AshlyChristen; Thanks Ashly, and my apologies for not replying sooner. So glad you liked it! Cheers, Alun


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Greensleeves Hubs 11 months ago from Essex, UK Author

aviannovice; Apologies for not replying sooner Deb. I do agree about animals generally being sentient. There is a tendency by some to attribute all behaviour patterns in mammals and birds to instinct, whereas really very similar actions in humans would of course be attributed to conscious thought or to emotional behaviour. I would love to know exactly what thought processes do go on in the minds of the higher animals.

But regardless of that, the end goal as you say, is the same - to continue the species and the genetic inheritance. Cheers.


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gerimcclym 11 months ago from Colorado

A very captivating read! It is fascinating to see the different dances specific to the species. In recent years I have developed a greater interest in birds (I have always liked them but more so lately) and this article serves to increase my captivation with them. Well done.


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DDE 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Birds are amazing feather friends. I like the way you presented this hub. A well-researched and written hub.


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AshlyChristen 13 months ago from Illinois

how lovely, informative and fun to learn and read


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Animals are all amazing in their own right. Scientists are finally starting to realize, after much ado and proof, that animals are sentient beings. The laws of survival and procreation are deliberately strong in these animals to continue the spies. The female also choose the best mate by choosing the showiest and the strongest, as they are believed to be the better provider and the healthiest. Makes sense for all animals, eh? Who wants to refuse the best genes?


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

annart; My thanks Ann. I've actually looked again at some of these videos a few times even since publishing the page a week ago, because I find I can watch them again and again without tiring of them. Some, I find beautiful, and some of them just make me smile :) Thanks for voting in the poll. Cheers as ever. Alun


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

sgbrown; Thanks Sheila. Your comment is so warm and is very much appreciated. Thanks for writing and for sharing. Alun


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Wonderful! I adore birds and some of these displays (well, all of them really!) are remarkable. I've seen the Cranes before but voted for them as they are so amazing. Nature is better than anything else for colours, behaviour, displays and the mere ability to survive. Thanks for sharing these.

Ann


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sgbrown 13 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

Mother Nature is just amazing, isn't she! These are all so beautiful, I can't really pick a favorite! This is an exception hub, beautiful, interesting and educational! Sharing in several places! :)


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Suhail and my dog 13 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Who can forget David Attenborough's Planet Earth on BBC? What an awesome series!


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

Suhail and my dog; Thanks. It was memories of wildlife documentaries, and particularly the various David Attenborough series on the BBC, which brought the idea of this hub to mind. The only dances I cannot recall seeing prior to my research for this article were the Queen Carola's Parotia, the Flame Bowerbird and the Blue Manakin. Alun


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

fpherj48; Thanks Paula. So dinner and a movie isn't good enough eh? Hmm, maybe I'll have to rethink my strategy and get out those big blue flippers :)

I don't recall Captain Kangaroo, but 'Greenjeans' sounds like a good name. I chose 'Greensleeves' because it similarly trips off the tongue and because Greensleeves is a favourite piece of music, with a melody which evokes many of the interests which I have - the countryside, history, folk music etc.

Finally, hummingbirds - one of my best experiences in life was a trip to Costa Rica. Outside the window of one of the lodges I stayed in was a hummingbird feeding station, and I think about 9 species regularly visited the feeder, less than 2 metres from me. Great memory. Cheers, Alun


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Suhail and my dog 13 months ago from Mississauga, ON

As a wildlife lover I immensely liked this hub. I have seen all these courtship dances on various TV shows and am unable to decide which one is the best.

Great hub!


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Green....I was so pleased with your visit to my site today, I wanted to stop by your neck of the WOODS and see what's new!

This is totally fascinating. And all we sad humans can think of is dinner & a movie?? Boring. LOL I love a romantic tale.....

You are much too young to remember "Captain Kangaroo," if it was even aired in the UK. It was a hugely popular children's program. The Captain had a friend named "Mr. Greenjeans," and each time I see your profile name, I think of him. I guess I've reached that frightening age where my childhood memories are more vivid than the day before yesterday! Yikes! This is not good.

Thank you for this lovely education. I know little about the world of birds. I do enjoy all that are here in my part of the country. I'm especially fond of humming birds. Peace, Paula


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

pstraubie48; Thanks very much Patricia, for both your comment and for your sharing, pinning and tweeting. 'Tweets' - an appropriate form of communication for a hub about birds I guess? :) Appreciated, Alun


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida

What an interesting hub....the flamingo dance is a beautiful ballet ...living in Florida I have come to be quite fond of them...

Now the Bird of Paradise is quite unique and the plumage and coloring and all is amazing...however if I were the female in the picture I might be a bit afraid with all of his dancing around :D

Wonderful hub

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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

AliciaC; Thanks very much Linda. Appreciated. Alun


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AliciaC 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your hub is a great reference source, Alun. The birds definitely have interesting courtship displays! Thanks for sharing all the information in this interesting and educational article.


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

MsDora; Thanks, that's a really nice comment Dora. HOTD? One can hope and dream! :) I know what you mean about the choreography though - some of the behaviour of birds can almost look rehearsed and orchestrated. It is astonishing how it has developed. Cheers, Alun


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean

This is an article extraordinaire and totally interesting! Thank you for this exposure to the mating dances of the birds. Great research and beautiful presentation. Praises to the Choreographer of the amazing flamingo dance. Certainly a hub of HOTD quality!


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

NB: Two votes in my little poll have somehow disappeared. I think it's because I corrected one tiny spelling error in the question. Sorry, but if you voted, please tick the box again. Cheers, Alun :)


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

Frederick Green; Thanks for that! I suspect with over 10,000 species in the world, I may get a few comments like yours, because there's a huge number of extraordinary displays out there, and every bird lover will have their favourites! I wouldn't claim my ten are definitively the best - merely a selection of the best :)

I know the Frigate Bird courtship, but I shall have to look up the other two birds you mention. And I am SO envious that you have seen the display of one of the Birds of Paradise! New Guinea must be an amazing place to see birds.

Re-my interest in birds; yes, I actually like all kinds of nature - it started with the typical boyhood interest in dinosaurs and slowly diversified to include all species of wildlife - even non-extinct kinds! :) Cheers, Alun


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Frederick Green 13 months ago from Bangkok, Thailand

Didn't know you were also into birds! Followed you because of your hubs about Thailand but pleasantly surprised to see you write about another one of my favorite topics :) I'm also a huge bird-lover, I keep many pet parrots at home and I published a few hubs about them too.

I definitely agree with you with most of these birds, they have spectacular displays for sure. Surprisingly, none of my Top 3's were actually in this. You should check out the Great Frigate Bird, Victoria Crowned Pigeon and the Palm Cockatoo (going to own one soon!) Some parrots have beautiful displays as well!

The Birds of Paradise though, they really are what the name describes! I was lucky enough to see one of their courtship (Greater Bird of Paradise) live in New Guinea (bird-lover paradise) last year. Really lovely. Awesome hub, good job!


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

tsadjatko; Thanks. I'm more than happy to accept alternative suggestions and that video you linked to of a pair of albatrosses is great - they must have sore bills by the end of it though! Really, there's so many very appealing courtship displays, maybe I should have made this page, Part 1 of 10!


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK Author

bdegiulio; Thanks so much Bill. I understand your choice - all cranes are lovely birds, and the relationship between them seems genuinely affectionate, and conducted in a very graceful manner. The video set against the snowy backdrop is really good too. I know you have an interest in birds, so your comment - as ever - is much appreciated. Cheers, Alun


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tsadjatko 13 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Great and entertaining hub page! Maybe not in your top ten but deserving of honorable mention we mustn't forget the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFwgCh1hh4U

around 1:20 notice what I think was a frog jump in the background, left.


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bdegiulio 13 months ago from Massachusetts

Very interesting Alun. Some are very graceful while others are downright comical. I had a tough time selecting a favorite but went with the Japanese Crane. For such a large bird they are remarkably graceful. Got to love the Blue-Footed Booby if for no other reason than their name and those big blue web feet. Great job, nature sure is amazing.

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