Moon walking Manakin
May 1st, 2012 by Autumn Sunshine
I read this and had to share it! I know a dog that moonwalks, but not a bird 🙂 Anyway this is just too cute for words. It’s funny and I did really laugh with the moon walk! Sometimes we need a laugh, and this is just the funniest I’ve seen for quite a while. Ready to Moonwalk ?
Meet the moonwalking manakin
It turns out that the late Michael Jackson wasn’t the only one who can moonwalk: Photographer Tim Laman captured a manakin (it’s a tropical bird, not a life-size doll) busting a remarkably similar move for the May edition of National Geographic magazine.
Like a beauty queen from a movie scene, a manakin in action is a spectacular song-and-dance number in the middle of a tropical forest. About half of the 40 known species make music by moving their body parts. And in the flush of courtship, males execute maneuvers with names like the dart, the about-face, the upright, and the backward slide (which looks just like the moonwalk Michael Jackson popularized with the hit “Billie Jean”).
In 1871, naturalist Charles Darwin sized up the manakin like this: “The diversity of the sounds … and the diversity of the means for producing such sounds, are highly remarkable. We thus gain a high idea of their importance for sexual purposes.” Just remember, male manakins: “Be careful of what you do, and don’t go around breaking young girl’s hearts.”
Deep in the cloud forest of South America a tiny bird, the club-winged manakin, sings with its wings. As part of their courtship, males execute maneuvers with names like the dart, the about-face, the upright, and the backward slide (which looks exactly like a Michael Jackson moonwalk).
What do you think?
I am wondering what Michael Jackson would think. I would like to imagine he’d get a smile or maybe a laugh. He seemed to have a sense of humor.
I must say, many have tried to copy the moonwalk but the funniest I have seen yet is this manikin, what a funky bird 🙂