Birds Take Turns to Pick Up Food

Birds Take Turns to Pick Up Food

Above. The bird at “rest.”

This tiny unremarkable-looking bird is unusual for its “dance” it does over water.

Swallow, Martin, Vireo, or Flycatcher? The bird described and shown in these videos appears to be none of the above mentioned; however, here is the description of the bird in question. When standing, the bird is two inches in height. It has no spectacular color: perhaps it is gray or brown with a white underbelly. It is hard to see its real color and its minute actions because the sun, at any time of the day, plays tricks on the eyes and competes for the attention of the bird who is in flight.

The “swallow” bird is generally quiet, and when it does sound, it says a non-interesting, “cheep, cheep, cheep,” indeed a considerable contrast against grackle type birds which are loud and emit a vast host of sounds.

The “swallow” bird is seen either alone or in pairs.

When above the water, the “swallow” bird flies from a few inches to thirty feet above the surface. It can fly somewhat in a straight direction, swoop up to thirty feet high, and dive quickly straight down towards the water and then turn away to miss it.

On two separate occasions during sunset, I have seen two of these birds do a “dance” with each other, where they take turns and circle by themselves and then circle together in a wild manner. The mini-spectacle, which lasts about 15-minutes, has been captured on video on two separate occasions so you can see the same bird behaviors twice.

Above. The 15-minute dance during sunset time.

Above. The 15-minute dance during sunset time on another day.

One bird flies, and then it picks up something, like a dragonfly from the water. It may even drop it in the water and then pick up the same thing again. Then, it returns to perch. Then the other bird does the same similar action, individually or simultaneously with the other bird. Either the two birds return and perch several feet away from each other, or they return to the same perch and stand right next to each other. All the while, they hover over the water.

Then, they fly far away so that I cannot see them.

During “rest” time, on another occasion, I have seen the same type of birds stand on a concrete ledge, inches away from each other, and against the wind. They may fly and then come back to the same place to stand for the duration of time that I sit and stand as well, as the birds do not do much.

Maybe I will never identify the exact species of this bird. Regardless, these birds impress me with their dance.  Another bird, albeit larger, is impressive in its performance skills as well. See Chapter 10-2: Tropical Kingbird: The Bird That Wants to Entertain.

Above. The birds stand on a concrete ledge, inches away from each other, and against the wind.


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