Natural History

Long-Tailed Manakin

posted: 05/11/13
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LONG-TAILED MANAKIN, La Selva Biological Station and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey
Emilio White

Indigenous to subtropical and tropical forests of Central America, the long-tailed manakins are one of the most extraordinary creatures. Unlike any other animal on Earth, these birds cooperate to win a female, instead of competing. After their joint acrobatic all-singing, all-dancing show, the female, if she is impressed, will choose the dominant male to mate with, and the junior male will wait for his turn, sometimes for as long as ten years, until the dominant male dies.

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