Thirteen blogger: Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer, Nature
A few years back, while producing our series Deep Jungle, I saw some extraordinary footage of a small, sparrow-sized bird doing a Michael Jackson moonwalk on a branch in the forests of Panama. The bird, called a manakin, was doing a little dance followed by a backward slide, and then a 360-degree spin. It was an eye-catching performance, but why such an elaborate show? The male was performing for a female. He was trying to impress her. He was looking for a mate. Cue video:
Boy trying to impress girl? Been there, done that–and not very well, by the way. Personality may get you a second date but looks get you the first or maybe being a good dancer. I don’t know any females who aren’t attracted to a guy who can dance. And guess what? It’s the same in the animal kingdom. If you’re a good-looking male and can build an impressive nest or sing a love song, or got some good moves, you, sir, are just what the females are looking for. Looking for love in all the wild places? Catch “What Females Want and Males Will Do” on Nature April 6 and 13.