Just ask Ryan Lumley. He recently witnessed a raven couple’s awesome display of love firsthand.
One evening, Lumley and a friend were walking near a cliff overlooking the sea when something caught their eyes. There, in the clear skies over them, were two ravens– but they were doing more than merely flying.
They were dancing.
As the passersby looked on, the two birds soared in best unison, rising and diving and pirouetting in majestic harmony.
It’s hard to say for how long the two birds Lumley saw have been together, of course, but behavior such as this is thought to be common among old and brand-new pairings alike.
” [In] similarly that a human couple in some cases has to function to maintain their attachment, a set of ravens shows behaviors that strengthen their relationship, or ‘pair bond,'” Ellen Blackstone of BirdNote.org wrote. “Throughout the year, a set of ravens may soar wingtip to wingtip, diving in unison, tumbling through the sky.”
In short, they dance to maintain their lifelong loves alive– and what a beautiful dancing it is.