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Randy riflebird left lonely after female rejects his seduction dance in Australia [VIDEO]

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He needs a wingman! Randy riflebird shows off his extravagant dance moves – but female is NOT impressed

  • The Victoria riflebird performed an elaborate mating ritual in north Queensland
  • He was filmed dancing like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever for his partner
  • Unfortunately for the male, the female bird was unimpressed and flew off  

This is the moment a randy bird performs an elaborate mating dance for an unimpressed female that promptly flies off in search of a better match.

The video was shared on the Travel and Wildlife Photography page on Instagram by Australian residents Ray and Sue where it has been viewed more than 52,000 times.

The footage shows a Victoria’s riflebird (Lophorina victoriae) performing a mating dance for a female before apparently being rejected.

This male Victoria rifle bird failed to impress this female despite his dramatic dance

This male Victoria rifle bird failed to impress this female despite his dramatic dance 

Unfortunately for the male, he is left stumped on the tree after his prospective partner flies off

Unfortunately for the male, he is left stumped on the tree after his prospective partner flies off

The young male demonstrated his Saturday Night Fever-style dance routine to his prospective partner, with plenty of enthusiastic wing waving. 

But she appears unimpressed and looks around him, before taking off abruptly, leaving the male standing with his wings out, staring after her. 

Photographer and wildlife lover Sue said: ‘The video was recorded in February 2022. The Victoria Rifle Bird breeding season isn’t until September but the juveniles will often start practising early.

‘These birds are endemic to the highland rainforest of tropical North Queensland, Australia. They are in the bird-of-paradise family. They select a post such as a fallen tree and will dance on the same post for as long as it stands.’

The female rifle bird, left, looks impassive as the male tries to woo her with his elaborate dance

The female rifle bird, left, looks impassive as the male tries to woo her with his elaborate dance

Sue said living in Australia, they are surrounded by wildlife. 

She said: ‘Apart from Australia, our favourite trips have been camping in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the orangutans and tarsiers in Indonesia. Our wish list is now the Falklands and Madagascar.

‘We have day jobs like most people and save for our trips. One thing that helped us in the past was to plan our trip with a travel agent and we would make regular payments to them and pay the trip off before we left. This is a great idea if you have trouble saving!’ 

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