An elegant dance turns nasty when a rival shows up. Photos by Atsuko Kawaguchi (10 images)

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Two cranes betray their elegant appearances as they send feathers flying when a rival interrupts a dancing pair. A red-crowned crane male and female couple were dancing and showing their affection for one another by mirroring each other's moves in a common courtship ritual for the rare birds.

However, they were interrupted by a third crane which began to fight with one of the birds as its partner looked on. The fight lasted only a few minutes before the loser was forced to fly...
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