Mexican fireflies’ mating dance, video


This 10 June 2019 video says about itself:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of fireflies begin their mating dance in the pine forests of Mexico. Filmmaker Blake Congdon captured this incredible phenomenon as never before seen.

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Lance-tailed manakins dancing in Panama, video


This video says about itself:

Excellent Display and Dancing at Lance-tailed Manakin Cam | Cornell Lab

This cam shows one display perch in a population of Lance-tailed Manakins on Isla Boca Brava, Chiriquí, Panamá, that has been monitored intensively since 1999. Lance-tailed Manakins are small passerine birds in the family Pipridae that live in secondary growth forests of Western Panama, Columbia, and Venezuela.

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Songbirds singing and dancing, new study


This November 2015 video says about itself:

Hidden Bird “Tap-Dancing” Behavior Revealed in Slow-Motion​ Footage | National Geographic

High-speed footage reveals a unique courtship behavior of the blue-capped cordon bleu that has never been observed before in birds.

From Hokkaido University in Japan:

Couples showing off: Songbirds are more passionate in front of an audience

October 3, 2018

Both sexes of a songbird called the blue-capped cordon-bleu intensify courtship performances that involve singing and dancing in the presence of an audience, especially if it is a member of the opposite sex, an international team of researchers has discovered.

Mutual courtship displays have generally been understood as a form of private communication between a male and a female, and many researchers have focused on this aspect. The cordon-bleu is a socially monogamous songbird found in Africa. In its courtship display, both sexes sing and sometimes add a unique dance that resembles tap dancing.

Birds that live in flocks like cordon-bleus are thought to carry out courtship communications in the presence of other birds. However, very little research has been conducted on whether the individuals performing courtship displays are influenced by the presence of other birds. In the present study published in Science Advances, researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, focused on this so-called audience effect.

In the experiment, the researchers placed paired couples in situations with and without an audience and observed their behavior.

The researchers found that cordon-bleu couples tended to sing more courtship songs accompanied by dancing when an audience — especially if it is a member of the opposite sex — is present. In contrast, courtship displays without dancing were suppressed. As the birds were directing their courtship dancing toward their partners rather than the audience, Nao Ota of the research team concludes: “Performing a more elaborate courtship display toward a partner likely is meant to advertise the relationship to other individuals, which is a significant act among birds who live in flocks.” Researchers hypothesize that loyalty and bonding are necessary for cordon-bleu pairs to maintain long-term coupling relationships.

“This could provide insights into how complex communication signals have developed among animals, including human beings, that establish coupling relationships”, Nao Ota added.

New bird-of-paradise species’ courtship dance video


This 14 September 2018 video from Indonesia says about itself:

Rare Footage of New Bird of Paradise Species Shows Odd Courtship Dance | Nat Geo Wild

By observing its courtship appearance and dance, researchers were able to confirm the rare Vogelkop superb bird of paradise as a new species.

Hawaii albatrosses dancing


This 10 May 2018 video from Hawaii says about itself:

Adult Albatrosses Hang Out, Practice Dancing In Front Of Camera – May 10, 2018

It’s never too early for a dance party on the Kauai Laysan Albatross cam.

Watch a group of lively adults gather in the early morning hours to practice their elaborate courtship routines right in front of the camera!

The Kauai Laysan Albatross cam is a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Kauai Albatross Network. Watch live with news, updates, and FAQs at http://allaboutbirds.org/albatross.