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Love Birds

PS Magazine - - POP CULTURE, NEWS, AND EVENTS FROM PAST DECADES -

Blue- capped cor­don bleu African finches have an un­usual court­ing rit­ual. Re­cently, sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that in ad­di­tion to bob­bing and sing­ing, both males and fe­males per­form a type of tap dance to at­tract the op­po­site sex, a be­hav­ior that has never been ob­served be­fore in birds. The danc­ing was noted re­cently when view­ing high- speed footage since it is not pos­si­ble to de­tect this move­ment with the hu­man eye. Re­searchers be­lieve that the danc­ing may be a dis­play of health and fit­ness.

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