Rio (2011)

Concept featured in clip:Social Behaviors/Mating Behaviors
Location of clip: 1:00:50-1:03:39 (DVD)

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Summary of clip: Blu is a rare blue macaw who has been reunited with a female blue macaw named Jewel to mate and prevent extinction. After overcoming many obstacles including escaping capture from smugglers, they have become emotionally connected and are enjoying a romantic moment. With the help of friends, Blu is trying to let Jewel know how he feels about her.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Just as humans have mating rituals, so do animals. Different species have different rituals prior to mating and can involve social interactions, social traits and instinctive responses to stimuli.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. This clip can be used in an animal behavior unit to introduce mating behaviors.

2. Show a following video clip of the male Manakin bird dancing to impress the females:

3. Have students research different mating rituals from different species.

4. Divide class into groups. Give each group an animal behavior including nesting, mating, post-partum, and care for young. Have students develop a skit to act out their specific behavior for the rest of the class.

5. Introduce the concept of biodiversity to the class and how only two individuals of a species cannot save a species from becoming extinct. Many students have the misconception that only a male and female are needed to save a species from extinction. The lack of genetic diversity exists with only two individuals.