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. This video is part of a 13-part series of 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?
In Chapter 11 we compare the feathers, bones, and behaviors of the moonwalking Red-capped Manakin to those of the Club-winged Manakin looking for clues to when and how the odd traits of the Club-winged Manakin evolved.
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. The project is the brainchild of Kim Bostwick, who tells these stories uncovered by her research. The research, the videos, and the website featuring them, "Singingwings.org," were funded by the National Science Foundation.