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.

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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.

Lapwing does not like dancing cranes


This 26 April 2018 video from near Nijkerk in Gelderland province in the Netherlands shows a crane couple which wants to dance on a meadow.

However, they are close to a nest of a northern lapwing, which tries to drive the cranes away.

Jan Willem Schoonhoven made this video.

Great tit dances on ABBA music


As from a house in the Netherlands the ABBA song Dancing Queen plays, outside a great tit dances. Dancing is important in the great tit mating season.

Desiree van den Broek in the Netherlands made this 20 April 2018 video.

Religious bans on films, dancing in Germany


This video from South Korea says about itself:

18 August 2017

Kpop Banned Dance: MV vs LIVE

Korea’s biggest broadcasting companies have strict rules and standards on what lyrics and dance moves can be performed. If they feel a dance move is too explicit idols groups must change it in order to perform. The following dances listed below were deemed inappropriate for live stage, therefore they changed it. In some cases they don’t change everything but the camera will focus elsewhere during those moves. It’s important to note that not all channels banned these dance moves, each broadcasting company is different to the others.

‘Kpop vs’ playlist: here.

Intro and outro song: D.Holic – Chewy

1. AOAMiniskirt
【During live performance when they had to dance that part they only did the hand gesture because the skirts were pre-unzipped】
2. AOA – confused
3. HELLOVENUS – WiggleWiggle
【Instead of twerking they moved their butts side to side. Also in their dance practise video they lift their shirts up, this didn’t make it on live performances】
4. Dalshabet – Be Ambitious
【Korean broadcasting companies must view girls revealing skin as stripping because it’s not the exposure that’s the issue it’s the action of taking a cloth off or revealing more skin that gets banned. Dalshabet had to drop the tear away dance and only do the hand action】
5. Dalshabet – BBB
6. Dalshabet – Joker
【Joker had many controversies, first the Korean pronunciation for joker sounds an awful like a Korean cuss for big ‘you know what’ and the dance didn’t help when they were touching their crotch area】
7. Tara Jiyeon – never ever
8. Rania – DR Feel Good
【the up and down movement while they were kneeling down was banned they end up just holding the downwards move awkwardly】
9. Sunmi – full moon
【1 second of a female idol spreading her legs is enough to ban it and force then to change the dance】
10. Rainbow – A
11. Rainbow Blaxx – Cha Cha
12. Stellar – Marionette
【Stellar is no stranger to bans and their company is partly at fault there. Their butt rub was changed to a more tamed butt lift move】
13. Stellar – Vibrato
14. L4 – move
【these girls didn’t perform this on broadcasting at all but when they did at a live performance everything was changed】
15. Fiestar – One More
【this song also caused controversy for their suggestive lyrics about a threesome as for the dance, they removed the kneeling in front of the guys】
16. Fiestar – You’re pitiful
【no dance move goes unseen, the quick dance where they go down and bounce was banned】
17. Gain – Paradise Lost
【so much was changed in this and its looks evident as the original dance was perfectly matched to the song】
18. Sistar – how dare you
【this song is old because if they danced it now it would be accepted however the standard for what appears on TV was more strict back then. A simple butt rub wouldn’t pass】
19. Sistar – so cool
20. Exid – up down
【the famous hip dance was banned for being sexually suggestive, instead they move their hips sideways】
21. Hyomin – nice body
【most of the butt dance was accepted surprisingly, however the ending had to be done facing the camera】
22. Girls day – something
23. After school – first love
【surprisedly most broadcasting companies allowed the pole dancing to be aired, however not all but they did allow them to dance with chairs】
24. Hara – Choco chip Cookies
25. 4minute – mirror mirror
26. Hyuna – roll deep
【there’s no surprise hyuna would be on this list, after all her song bubble pop had to end early due to it being banned and it was no different for roll deep, luckily she changed the dance rather the stop promotions】
27. Brown eyed girls – Abracadabra
【not only did the MV get banned for having a lesbian theme but so did the dance as it was too explicit for TV】
28. Secret – poison
29. Cross gene – amazing/bad lady
【The crotch rub just too sexual even for a male group】
30. VIXX – VOODOO DOLL

Germany is a secular country, where there is separation between state and (Christian) church? Think again …

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dancing and watching New Kids Nitro is illegal in Germany today

Who goes to the cinema on Good Friday in Germany will have to do with a film that fits the Christian holiday. In addition to the ban on dancing, which applies in some federal states, there is also a film display ban on more than 700 films. Among the illegal films are King Kong, Terminator and the Dutch film New Kids Nitro. Two years ago, a cinema in Bochum was fined 100 euros when The Life of Brian

a Monty Python comedy, considered ‘blasphemous’ by fundamentalist Christians

was screened.

The ban on dancing and films in Germany stems from the idea that the passion of Jesus Christ must be commemorated in peace. …

Since 1952, a list of prohibited films has been kept. According to the FSK [censorship organisation], the films on the list contain a storyline that is ‘unsuitable’. What is not appropriate about them remains vague. The German watchdog does not use a fixed list of criteria. However, ‘blasphemy‘ and ‘immoral behaviour’ are mentioned as a reason to ban a movie ….

There has been discussion about the ban on dancing on Good Friday. For a violation of the ban you can get a 1000 euro fine. Two federal states deal with this flexibly. In Berlin, for example, the ban applies only between 4 am and 9 pm and also in Hamburg partying at night is not illegal.

Mantis shrimp mating dance


This video says about itself:

Watch This Male Mantis Shrimp Dance to Attract a Mate

9 January 2018

Mantis shrimp have a reputation as fighters and it’s well deserved. But they also have a romantic side to them, which they show off with a well-choreographed mating dance. From the series: David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef: Builders.