This is it; we will never be capable of real romance again.
The blue-capped cordon bleu, a three-inch finch native to Ethiopia, has both the most irritating and the most charming mating rituals on the face of the Earth. The bird, scientists recently discovered, performs a sort of “tap dance” to catch a girl — a behavior that they only discovered after slowing down footage of the birds to a crawl.
The study, published Thursday in Scientific Reports by scientists at Hokkaido University, recorded the birds achieving miraculous athletic feats. Some of them could get in 200 steps from five seconds to over a minute, according to the Guardian. What’s more, this is an equal-opportunity relationship: the females dance right back.
And best of all, the entire thing is done while grasping a tiny stick in their beaks. It is a better show of romance than any of us could ever attempt. Well, perhaps except for one, a handsome cad who also holds a stick when he dances.