RE: [Birding-Aus] is there a verb for this?

To: "'calyptorhynchus .'" <>, 'canberra birds' <>
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] is there a verb for this?
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:56:34 +0000

“Chicken dance”. As in the action done by silly people thinking they are behaving like a bird. Although in a human, that is standing upright, waving the arms up and down (with hands in armpits, which of course no bird can do) is structurally like moving its wings backwards and forwards (not up and down!). I guess though that in this wind, and clearly not going anywhere, that was the thing to do.




From: Birding-Aus [ On Behalf Of calyptorhynchus .
Sent: Saturday, 23 November, 2019 11:14 AM
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Subject: [Birding-Aus] is there a verb for this?


This morning I was watching an Australian Raven doing a pair-bonding or territorial display where it would fly up from a tree and glide back to the top of the tree moving its wings backwards and forwards (not up and down!).


Is there a verb for this action?



John Leonard


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