10 non-standard mating rituals of birds

Red-handed pipra stands out not only for its intricate name. When it comes to dancing, Michael Jackson would envy this little bird! To attract a female, the male can jump onto a twig and move along it with a “moonwalk” back and forth, performing up to 80 wing flaps per second and accompanying all this with loud singing.

The California earthen cuckoo prefers to surprise its marriage partner with the most useful thing in the world - food. The female does not look at the male until he drags a fat snake or lizard in her beak, and mating occurs only after a hearty dinner.

The common lyrebird has been learning various melodies throughout its youth, so that it can impress the female. He remembers and accurately reproduces any sounds around him, whether it be at least a fire siren or the sound of a working chainsaw. He accompanies such “wonderful” singing with an exquisite dance.

Clark’s West American grebes and grebes can give odds to any other waterfowl with their mating rituals. During the process, they run through the water with their necks extended forward, then approach each other and perform an intricate synchronous dance in which dives, bows and presenting algae to a partner alternate.

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White-faced Amazons love kisses even more than people. True, with a small catch - males often burp semi-digested food in the female's beak to express their great love.

Andean flamingos open the mating season with a crazy dance performance. The dance begins with one bird, but then it grows into a huge flock of flamingos flying above the surface of the water and shaking their necks.

Ducks, it would seem, are completely banal birds. But their marriage rituals are far from ordinary - drakes often violently rape their partners. Because of this, the genitals of females have an extremely specific structure, allowing you to select the sperm of the most suitable male to fertilize the eggs and reject the rest.

Reels are true masters of dance. Their ritual includes movements with the tail lifted vertically, feather fluffing, complex head movements and a “praying” position. If finches are kept in captivity without females, sooner or later they begin to pester other males.

Canadian sandboxers arrange something remotely resembling a brothel during the mating season. Each male stands on a separate current, invitingly dissolving feathers. Females then mate for them, often more than one at a time.

Peacocks- females, oddly enough, are not at all attracted to the feathers of males - at least not as much as people. Legs are another matter! It is for healthy and strong legs that the female peacocks choose their sexual partners.

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