A lovestruck amorous flame bowerbird, which lives in Papua and New Guinea, performed a dramatic and expressive dance with a female of its species. He opens his eyes wide and waves her feathers, clearly showing that he is interested in mating with her.
After building a delicate "nest" of sticks, a gate-like entrance for potential mates, the male Flame Bowerbird prepares a complex dance comparable to the movements of a flamenco dancer. The nest arrangement is called an avenue bower and is one of his three display structures preferred by most of the 20 bowerbird species.
While many bowerbirds decorate their environments with brightly coloured, shiny finds such as flowers, leaves, feathers, bottle caps, and large collections of blue plastic trash, this one minimally decorates its environment with snail shells, leaves, and a few blue and purple berries.
Unfortunately, after all his efforts and dedication and heart-felt dance, another male appeared to have ruined his chance. BBC Earth added, "One final flourish to cap weeks of effort. But something’s wrong. His rival is back and at the worst possible moment what should he do? For the female, the moment has gone. Sometimes, no matter what you do, things just don’t work out."