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Video of shape-shifting ballerina bird!

When it comes to wooing, humans might want to take inspiration from birds of paradise.
Instead of using vocal tactics, males of one species perform an elaborate dance, which has now been captured for the first time from the perspective of females watching above.





Captured by Ed Scholes from Cornell University and photographer Tim Laman, this clip shows how males transform their shape: they suddenly fan out their feathers to morph into a ballerina-like figure that skips back and forth to lure females above.

But although the male looks like a ballet dancer from the side, viewed from the top, the dance appears as a wobbling disc occasionally flashing an iridescent patch. The video reveals that the ballerina shape, which was the focus of the few prior sightings in the wild, is irrelevant from a prospective mate's point of view.

Although females prefer s

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Added: Feb-5-2013 Occurred On: Feb-4-2013
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