Monday, November 23, 2009


Wee tropical birds called "manakins" keep coming up in my reading recently--the other day I read about a collaboration between scientists and choreographers who used the behaviors of manakins as inspiration for dance movements. And over the past few days I have come across several articles about their interesting displays and sounds. Some manakins sing with their feathers! And notice the reference to the Castanet Moth and crickets at the end of this video--an interesting comparison of this bird's wing movements to stridulation in insects.

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