• arena;
  • breeding season;
  • choreography;
  • courtship;
  • display.

Male Golden-collared Manakins Manacus vitellinus perform an elaborate courtship display composed of acrobatic jumps between saplings delimiting a court on the forest floor. Males rehearse their displays for hours until they are executed with amazing precision and speed. Here we investigated the plasticity of the display by examining whether males modify their choreography in response to a disturbance, such as when a small branch is placed against one of the saplings. Male Manakins performed displays that were longer and lacked a key element that invites females to copulate, supporting the hypothesis that males learn a specific sequence of moves to build their choreography.