We know that male songbirds sing to attract females. But now researchers have found that some birds also tap dance as a part of their courtship displays.
The adorable blue-capped cordon-bleu songbird taps its feet at speeds that are too rapid to be detected with the naked eye. Researchers were able to capture the tap-dancing using high-speed video cameras, and then replaying them in slow motion.
The blue-capped cordon-bleu is one of the few species where both males and females participate in courtship performances. Dancing and bobbing tempos did not differ greatly between sexes, researchers report, but they did vary on an individual basis.
Next, the researchers want to study how songbird partners coordinate their dances.