The Club-winged Manakin is a surprising species of bird: males use special wing-feathers to produce a unique wing-sound to attract and court females. Chapter 1 is the first in a series of 13 videos that explores 2 questions related to this: (1) how does the Club-winged Manakin sing with his wings?, and (2) how did this odd and very specialized thing evolve?
The videos, originally produced in two parts, were produced by John Bowman and Tom Swarthout of the Multi-media team at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology, with animations produced by Brendan Holt, and photography and videography by National Geographic photographer Tim Laman. It is the brainchild of Kim Bostwick, who tells the stories uncovered by her own research. The research, the videos, and the website featuring them, "Singingwings.org," were funded by the National Science Foundation.