Tap dancing birds: the multimodal mutual courtship display of males and females in a socially monogamous songbird, Nature, 19 November 2015
Bird’s lightning ‘tap dance’ caught on camera, BBC, 19 November 2015
The dance is all the more remarkable, Prof Gahr explained, because of everything else the birds are doing during the display: they clutch a piece of nesting material in their beaks, tilt their heads upward, bob up and down and sing – all while keeping an eye on their partner. “It’s quite complicated, to do all that without falling from the perch – it’s very acrobatic,” he said.
Two things … They don’t just sing, they sing and dance at the same time. And they dance to make a sound, it’s musical. And both males and females do it. Wait, one more thing. That slowed-down singing is too creepy.
I wonder what else birds do that we’re not privy to. Do they sing at frequencies we can’t hear? Birds have something going on that we need to respect.
Here’s the trailer to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds. I always thought that the caged lovebirds were the impetus for the attack, the fact that they were caged.