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Magnificent Riflebird: Fluid Coordination | Cornell / National Geographic

November 16, 2018

The display of the Magnificent Riflebird shows how important minute details can be. The male abruptly fans one wing and then the next, using footwork to keep the female directly in front of him, where he can control what she sees. Interestingly, females may participate as well. Eventually the performance subsides into a nearly motionless pose as the male waits for the female’s decision. Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, Eric Liner and Benjamin Clock.

There are currently seventy-two short films in the entire Birds-of-Paradise Project playlist, ranging from 26 seconds to 8:29. In the upcoming weeks, we will present some of our favorites.

A film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you. The lab is a membership-supported organization; your membership is welcome.  [Chuck Almdale]

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