Brolgas-A birds that loves ballroom dancing




Do you love ballroom dancing?


Perhaps not, but the brolgas certainly do.

At their natural ballroom any number of these gray cranes, from a pair up to a dozen or so birds,will line up roughly opposite each other and start the dance.

They prance forward on their stilt-like legs with wings half-open and shaking.

Bowing and bobbing their heads, they advance and retire, gurgling and fluting softly.

Now and then a bird will stop and, throwing back its head, trumpet wildly.

The birds may also leap a few feet into the air and parachute back to earth on broad black and grey wings.

Pieces of twig or grass are flung about and the Brolgas make attempts to catch the pieces or stab at them with their bills as they fall.

An inspiring performance, especially considering the size of the birds, which stand over three feet [1 m] tall and have about a six-foot [2 m] wingspan!

While many species of birds perform elaborate courtship displays during breeding season, the brolga, one of the largest of all cranes, is an incurable all-year-round dancer.

In fact, its name comes from the Aboriginal legend of a famous female dancer named Buralga.

She refused the attentions of an evil magician. He, in response, turned her into a graceful crane.