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[Bird Video Series] #5: Bower Birds Love Blue

Bower Birds Love Blue concludes our week of bird videos! As a visual person, I find it nice sometimes to take a break from reading and processing, and just watch the behaviors in their natural settings. I hope you’ve enjoyed these clips too.

Bower Birds are known for several things: 1) amassing a lot of stuff with which to impress their potential mates, 2) erecting impressive structures out of sticks (complete with support beams) and 3) stealing blue things from humans.

This is a group of species that go to an enormous amount of trouble to attract and please a mate: with Bower Birds, it’s not just about having good-looking feathers. Some species build piles of beetle wings that iridesceĀ in the light, while others thatch entry ways in which they hope to mate. Today you get two videos, and I won’t apologize for featuring David again. I just won’t.

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[Bird Video Series] #1: Dance of the Sharp Tailed Grouse

Sharp-Tailed grouse via Teo on Wiki.

I knew nothing of the Sharp-Tailed Grouse before catching a TV show featuring the reintroduction of a Western population and immediately wanted to share with you the amazing dance that this bird puts on during the mating season. In fact, I’m so excited about little-known bird behavior right now, I think this week will be a series of fun bird videos – check back for all five!

Sharp-Taileds are in trouble due to habitat loss and this little clip from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources does an excellent job of showing the mating dance. Other videos have poorer sound and I really wanted you to hear the sound of the foot-stomping that they do. I’ve never seen anything like it; it’s so fast you don’t even realize that the grouse are making it! Enjoy.

American Kestrel takes a bath.

Have you ever seen an American Kestrel in rehab take a bath in a plastic tub? Now you can say you have. :) Enjoy.

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