The Baddest Bird On the Branch


When male manakins want to impress a mate they might pull a Michael Jackson. These small and often brightly colored tropical birds moonwalk on branches as part of their elaborate courtship rituals. While these winged dancers usually make their own music, this video has the King of Pop spicing up the soundtrack. Adding a little M.J. definitely makes the manakin the baddest bird on the branch.

Visit the National Wildlife Federation’s birds and birding section to learn more about the habits and qualities that make our feathered friends so fascinating and unique.

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Published: February 14, 2012