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Video: This Male Woodcock Has His Dance Moves Down Pat


One thing's for certain, this woodcock sure has rhythm.

The woodcock is a seldom seen bird, due in part to its ability to sit statue-still with camouflage that would put any hunter to shame.

But come early spring, this stubby bird with the elongated beak breaks out into song and dance. Well, at least the guys do.

Called the "sky dance," males will spiral in the air while making a twittering sound with their wings. Once on the ground, they will give a series of vocalizations before springing back up into the next spiral. The dance can last 30 minutes in length, and will often occur shortly after the sun has set.

Those birds with the best dance moves will be the ones to win with the ladies.


Here's a fella showing some fancy footwork on the ground, pre-spiral:

American Woodcock

Starting in early spring, male American woodcocks perform a "sky dance" to woo potential mates. This one was spotted early in the morning along the road at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, showing off his signature moves that we'd like you to try at home. http://bit.ly/2q9CbtkVideo by Keith Ramos/USFWS

Posted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday, April 6, 2018

If only we all had such sweet moves.

Groove on, Mr. Woodcock.


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