Kinky kakapo, lyrical lyrebird, moonwalking manakin

I’m on vacation to clear out my brain after finishing the big grant application, so here’s a lazy-blogger post: three classic bird videos.

The kakapo is a very rare, flightless parrot in New Zealand. This one has a thing for human cameramen.

The lyrebird, like a mockingbird or a mynah, shows off by perfectly imitating the sounds of other birds… and camera shutters, car alarms, and chainsaws.

Manakins, like birds of paradise, have brightly-colored males who perform elaborate dances to attract mates. The Red-capped Manakin male’s dance will be familiar to fans of Michael Jackson.

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3 thoughts on “Kinky kakapo, lyrical lyrebird, moonwalking manakin

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  3. I had no idea there were flightless paortrs. I have lived in the Amazon Jungle for 2 years, seen and heard an unfathomable number of paortrs, but never heard of the Kakapo. Love the fact they are being protected, and hope to see one in person when I visit New Zealand next year

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