Flamingo flamenco

The best mover and shaker ends up the love maker.

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Although flamingos are socially monogamous, pairs only bond for a single breeding season. This means that all sexually mature individuals are involved in group displays each year in order to find a new mate, with varying degrees of success.

A paper published in Scientific Reports found the more complex a greater flamingo's (Phoenicopterus roseus) dance, the more likely they will attract a mate.

But only to a point. After they hit 20 years old, after which point, the researchers suggest, declining reproductivity and motor coordination means their dances become simpler.

  1. http://nature.com/articles/doi:10.1038/srep36242
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