Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet the Red-capped Manakin and Observe His Mating Dance

Courtesy of Kim Bostwick, the Red-capped Manakin of Central America is one of the showiest birds in the world with his mating dance.  With its slide, did it give Michael Jackson the idea for the Moonwalk?  Also note the sound that it makes with its tail feathers at 80 hits a second.  This can only be captured with a camera producing 500 frames per second.  That is a very fast bird!  Due to high speed photography, enjoy this rarely seen dance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI_quJRRGxk