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The Hooded Grebe’s Courtship Dance May Be the Most Amazing One You'll Ever See

There are courtship dances, and then there are spectacular courtship dances.

And when you capture the spectacle put on by hooded grebes and set it to music, well, it's quite the treat.

The clip is from a new film, Tango in the Wind, which highlights efforts to protect these birds that inhabit barren lands of Patagonia. The hooded grebe's numbers have declined by about 80 percent in the past 25 years. Researchers say fewer than 500 breeding pairs remain today. 

While the entire family of these birds — including great crusted grebes, western grebes and Clark's grebes — are all known for incredible moves to lure the opposite sex, the hooded grebe takes it to a whole new level. 

From fancy footwork to some highly choreographed maneuvers, these birds surely know how to put on a show.


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