13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
The Dance of the blue manikin
Inside the heart of the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil a group of Blue Manikins prepare to dance for the female which is to the right of the photo and a camouflaged dull green.
When she gives the sign they continuously jump over one another presenting themselves to the female in a unique and melodic dance which over a space of 4 minutes continuoes into a high speed frenzy of mesmerizing colour.
The finale is that each male at the very end presents his final presentation with a high pitched whistle and the female then makes her choice of the greatest dancer.
Truly one of the great wonders of the natural world.
© christian spencer.
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||Nov. 6, 2015, 2:57 p.m.
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