April 27, 2017
Manakins Display for Female on Sunny Display Perch
Watch this courtship display by two males on the Lance-tailed Manakin cam. The alpha-beta duo attempts to woo an interested female on a sun-speckled display perch.
According to Lance-tailed Manakin ecologist Dr. Emily DuVal, researchers suggest that some species of manakins strategically use spots of sun in their display areas to best highlight their plumage during courting; however, the birds manning this perch seem to display to females regardless of where the sun is shining.