It’s not just bright colors and fancy feathers that birds use to impress. Some birds regularly include song, dance, and even elements of architectural surprise into their courtship displays. These uncut videos of wild behavior give you a front-row seat to some of the most unusual and extravagant methods of attracting attention.

Learn about these unique displays while collecting all five forms of fanciness to unlock a bonus video of the bird that does it all.

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Ways To Be Fancy is part of a larger Interactive Feature where you'll find:
  1. Fancy Males Find the males in this fast-paced photo quiz Fancy Males
  2. Ways To Be Fancy Watch rare footage of feathers, songs, dances, & design skills Ways To Be Fancy
  3. How Fanciness Evolves Watch as the birds-of-paradise bring evolution to life How Fanciness Evolves
  4. Fancy Males & Choosy Females Tour of the origins of male showiness and female choosiness Fancy Males & Choosy Females
  5. On a Sage-Grouse Lek Experience mating season with the fanciest wild birds in North America On a Sage-Grouse Lek
  6. Fanciness Lost Explore the origins of brilliantly colorful tropical tanagers—and their plain-looking relative Fanciness Lost
  7. A Fancy Experiment Discover how biologists uncover the rules of attraction in wild birds A Fancy Experiment

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