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Dance Like the Cranes!

Whooping cranes do more than just fly: they also dance up a storm! When young cranes dance, they build social and physical skills. Single birds dance to court each other. And pairs dance to prepare for breeding. Sometimes cranes just dance for the fun of it!

Take a close look at this amazing courtship display. First, play the video clip twice.

< Video Clip: Whooping Cranes Dance

Photo: USFWS
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As you watch . . .
  • Write down as many action words as you can to describe the cranes' movements.

Next: Study the Dance Moves >>