One of the greatest shows on earth is the dancing of the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse in the Moody Creek area of Madison County. They will fly or walk into the lek and start putting on a show. I love to watch their dance.
The males puff up their purple air sacks on their neck and their yellow eye brows stand up while they dance trying to attract a female.
Their dance includes spreading their wings, stomping their feet, rubbing their two main tail feathers together to create a scraping sound, clucking and chirping and moving in circles.
The chief of the lek has to defend his property because most of the females will pick him for mating. This creates battles between the males that included tearing at each others air sacks, locking beaks, raking the other with their feet and pinning them to the ground.
At times the loser will fly up and land on my truck hood to get away from the violence. They usually do not stay long once they realize I am just three feet away from them.
What an experience to witness these battles over women. It seems that all species are about the same.