Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sandhill cranes dancing-prancing and jumping around

One member of a pair of sandhill cranes feeding in our yard suddenly erupted into a wild display of bowing, jumping, running, wing flapping and stick tossing.

Although such displays are usually associated with courtship, dancing can occur at any age and season. Scientists who study bird behavior believe this kind of activity is a normal part of sandhill crane motor development and helps the birds relieve tension, thwart aggression and create a stronger bond between male and female mating pairs.

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