"The birds prance stiff legged around each other, alternately bowing and stretching with their wings half extended. They punctuate the dance by leaping high into the air with their legs dangling loosely beneath them. When excited they pick up small sticks or pieces of grass, toss them exuberantly into the air and then stab them on the way down."

The endangered Japanese Red Crowned Crane in courtship

Japanese Red Crown Cranes Dancing

Japan Red Crowned Cranes Dance - Very endangered the help of Japanese farmers are helping to save them

Crane Dance Cabinet Knob | House of Antique Hardware

Crane Dance Cabinet Knob | House of Antique Hardware

Red-crowned Crane Framed Print featuring the photograph Red-crowned Crane Dance by Natural Focal Point Photography

Red-crowned Crane Dance Framed Print by Natural Focal Point Photography

Red-crowned Crane Framed Print featuring the photograph Red-crowned Crane Dance by Natural Focal Point Photography

Japanese Crane Courtship Dance - Japanese cranes have one of the most intricate and beautiful courtship dances in the world. These birds can live for 60 years.

RED CROWNED CRANE - Japanese Crane Courtship Dance - Japanese cranes have one of the most intricate and beautiful courtship dances in the world. These birds can live for 60 years.

Tsuru is what this was written already here but they sure look like sandhill cranes to me. obviously it is a mating ritual.

Japanese Crane Courtship Dance - Japanese cranes have one of the most intricate and beautiful courtship dances in the world. These birds can live for 60 years.

The red crowned crane is known for its elaborate dances with mating pairs. They are a symbol of Japan. This one is in Hokkaido, Japan.

丹頂鶴 The red crowned crane is known for its elaborate dances with mating pairs. They are a symbol of Japan. This one is in Hokkaido, Japan.

Grey Crowned Crane dance - Balearica regulorum at Ntoroko Semliki Valley, Lake Albert, Uganda - photo by Jan Rillich, via Flickr

Gray Crowned Crane is Uganda’ National Symbol Uganda is the best place to see magnificent Gray Crowned Crane called simply “Crested Crane” The Crested Crane

Aboriginal Crane Dance - birdlike movements - animal noises, chanting - body paint - chest and arm markings for emphasis, like wings

Aboriginal Crane Dance - birdlike movements - animal noises, chanting - body paint - chest and arm markings for emphasis, like wings

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