Long-tailed Manakins, Chiroxiphia linearisimage credit: hiltonpond.org

Long-tailed Manakins, Chiroxiphia linearisimage credit: hiltonpond.org

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Habitat: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua

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So here’s a bizarre example of creature “bromance.” Male Long-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia linearis) woo their females in a very unique manner: the males team up in pairs and perform an extremely complex coordinated courtship dance to impress the female. Chirping and singing is also included in the [sweet] deal.

So, if the two always work together, who get’s the prize? Well, unfortunately for the other guy, only the alpha male in the pair gets to mate with the female. The beta male is just a back up dancer.

That means that the majority of little chickies in the neighborhood are fathered after the same daddy. Wonder if things get awkward around Thanksgiving…

Check out the video below to see the “leapfrog dance” of the male Long-tailed Manakin: