July 8th, 2008

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moonwalking bird

I am watching the Best of Nature on Netflix, and they showed this amazing little bird. The mannikin is pretty unremarkable except for it's mating dance... it moonwalks! I checked the tags and didn't see it.

(Ignore the people talking and laughing, it's pretty obnoxious.)

This is from Encyclopedia Britannica:

Mannikins are finchlike birds, mostly brownish and often with black throats and fine barring. Large flocks occur in open country from Africa to Australia. Many are popular cage birds. The 9-centimetre (3.5-inch) bronze mannikin (L. cucullata) has large communal roosts in Africa; it has been introduced into Puerto Rico, where it is called hooded weaver. Abundant in southern Asia are the nutmeg mannikin (L. punctulata), also called spice finch or spotted munia, and the striated mannikin (L. striata), also called white-backed munia. The former is established in Hawaii, where it is called ricebird. A domestic strain of the latter is called Bengal finch.