Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleus

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleus (Uraeginthus bengalus) are small passerine birds in Eastern Africa. They are common in many habitats and a typical “garden bird”. In small flocks, often together with other birds, they look like jumping blue dots. A new study has revealed the mating behavior of the monogamous cordon-bleus which is made of a kind of invisible tap dance (have a look to the videos in the supplementary material).

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)
The straw is not for nesting, it is a gift for the female.

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)

 Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

10 comments:

  1. I think I saw them in Kenya Christian. Very attractive birds. And Fred Astaire, eat your heart out.

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  2. Oh wow, what a beautiful bird. Their colors and markings are lovely. Great photos. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  3. Great photos of these beautiful birds. Those "tap dances" are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. what a beauty. i am so loving all the birds you get to see. i guess i need to move some where warm to see more colorful birds. the ones around here are wearing snow coats, (when it does snow i bet they will pull out their skis) scarves & mittens ... it is just that cold. just kidding, being silly. but the wind is so chilly. ( :

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  5. That is one beautiful bird, Christian. Don't think I've ever seen one before.

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  6. What a lovely bird. I've never seen one, either.
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  7. What a gorgeous bird and really nice shots. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. strange, I did see the tap dance on tv yesterday. Did look really cool. And, such a beautiful bird :)

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