The Magnificent Riflebird

In a tree in northern Queensland, Australia, the Magnificent Riflebird prepares to perform. 

The courtship display of the Magnificent Riflebird is spectacular. Spreading his wings, the male riflebird swings his head back and forth, with the poise of a flamenco dancer. His iridescent blue throat flashes in the sun. His short, but powerful song pierces through the forest.

In celebration of springtime, please enjoy the elegant sights and striking sounds of the Magnificent Riflebird in this special BirdNote video featuring footage contributed by our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.