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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 mating season.

Watch a dramatized moment from the Maasai Mara National Reserve in this clip from Planet Earth II: Grasslands, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Watch more clips from Planet Earth II, more jumping, more birds, more mating, and this: Male Blue Manakins wait in line to impress a female.

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