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The Anomalies: The Acorn Woodpecker

As their name implies, acorn woodpeckers rely heavily on acorns for sustenance. To make sure this seasonal resource remains available throughout the year, the birds build enormous “granaries” by drilling thousands of ...

Rare footage of the Hooded Grebe courtship dance

The Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) performs an elaborate dance with its mate. It's a rarely seen courtship ritual that was captured by Michael and Paula Webster during a six-month film shoot in Patagonia. The clip ...

Invisible Nature: Code of the Treehopper

Hiding in plain sight and deceptively still, treehoppers have evolved an ingenious way to communicate—using a complex series of vibrations. Now, scientists are listening in and starting to crack the treehopper code. A...

Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn

Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display on the British Columbia coast. The waters turn milky white as millions of male herring release sperm, while the female fish lay billions of pinhead-sized eggs. Both ...

What happens to a caterpillar inside its chrysalis?

From egg, to larva, to pupa, to an adult, watch as a Heliconius caterpillar (a larva) transforms into a butterfly. This clip from Micro Monsters with David Attenborough: Courtship includes a digital look at what goes ...

What to Expect From an Expecting Seahorse

Although it's well known that seahorses and their cousins the pipefish are the only vertebrates where males become pregnant, researchers have only begun to understand how this unique adaptation works. By studying the ...

Two beautiful humpback whales dance

"Dance in the animal world is little understood," explains Sir David Attenborough in this video from the BBC's Animal Attraction, yet here we get to witness it as two humpback whales seem to dance together and repeat ...

Widow birds bounce and leap for attention

Sporting their long and glossy tails, male Jackson's widowbirds (Euplectes jacksoni) can be found leaping straight up in the tall grasses of Kenya and Tanzania. The reason for their leaps: to impress a female during m...

A pygmy three-toed sloth swims & snow leopards send messages

From the BBC's new Planet Earth II series with Sir David Attenborough, two unique clips of solitary animals: On Panama's Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a pygmy three-toed sloth swims to find a mate in the mangrove trees. ...

The male Costa’s hummingbird has a tiny octopus face

Spring is the time to nest for the Costa's hummingbirds, before the desert gets too hot. Both males and females are looking for a partner, but it's up to him to impress her. Though his back shimmers with green, it’s n...

Hunting for microbes in Central Park’s murkiest waters

Follow biologist Sally Warring into New York City's Central Park as she collects water samples from fountains and ponds to find instagrammable microbes. From her site PondLife.com: All free-living life forms are m...

Rock-Paper-Scissors Lizards

Biologists from UC Santa Cruz are studying the three distinct mating strategies of what's being referred to as "rock-paper-scissors lizards," the blue, orange, and yellow variations of the Western side-blotched lizard...

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Drinking from 1,000 flowers might be enough to fill a honey bee's stomach, but that may not be the stomach you're thinking of. Bees have two different stomachs -- one for digestion and one for nectar storage -- and wh...

Spid-a-boo! The Jotus remus peacock spider waves its paddle leg

A newly discovered peacock spider, the Jotus remus -- 'remus' means 'oar' or 'paddle' in Latin -- waves his paddle shaped leg at potential mates as he hides the rest of his body. Though he can't see the female, he can...

This blue masked peacock spider is tiny & adorable

Behold Western Australia's Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, zebra-striped, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto: To the...

The Greater Sage-Grouse’s courtship ritual & The Sagebrush Sea

From The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this is a Greater Sage-Grouse, "our North American Bird of Paradise" who performs an elaborate courtship ritual full of strutting, puffing, and making a sound that's similar to whe...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of vibrantly-colored coral camouflage

The vibrant colors of thumbnail-sized Pygmy Seahorses have always been aligned with the brilliant oranges or purples of the Gorgonian sea fan corals that they're found camouflaged with, but until biologists at San Fra...

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