Art Of Attraction

These animals are known for their impressive and unusual courtship displays which they perform during the breeding season in order to find a mate.

Satin Bowerbird
Satin bowerbirds live in the moist forests of eastern Australia and are renowned for their unique courtship behavior. Males build specialized stick structures, called bowers, which they decorate with blue, yellow, and shiny objects, including berries, flowers, and snail shells. Females visit these and choose which male they will allow to mate with them. In addition to building their bowers, males perform dances to woo their mates, however, ...
these can sometimes be treated as threat displays by the females. In order to gain success male Satin bowerbirds may even destroy and steal decorations from the bowers of one another.
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Greater Sage Grouse
Greater sage-grouse, also known as the sagehen, are the largest grouse in North America. These birds are notable for their elaborate courtship rituals. Each spring, males congregate in leks and perform a "strutting display". Groups of females observe these displays and select the most attractive males with which to mate. Males gather in leks to court, usually in late February to April, and perform for several hours in the early morning and ...
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Indian Peafowl
The Indian peafowl is a large member of the pheasant family. The male, known as the peacock is brightly colored and is best known for the long train made up of elongated upper-tail covert feathers which bear colorful eyespots. These stiff feathers are raised into a fan and quivered in a display during courtship. They hold their wings half open and drooped and periodically vibrate the long feathers, producing a ruffling sound. The peacock then ...
faces the peahen initially and struts and prances around and sometimes turns around to display the tail. Males like to show off their impressive train so much that they may display even in the absence of females.
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Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent frigatebirds are large seabirds in which males have a striking red gular sac which they inflate during the breeding season to attract females. Frigatebirds have the most elaborate mating displays of all seabirds. The males take up residence in the colony in groups of up to 30 individuals. They display to females flying overhead by pointing their bills upwards, inflating their red throat pouches, and vibrating their outstretched ...
wings, showing the lighter wing undersurfaces in the process. They produce a drumming sound by vibrating their bills together and sometimes give a whistling call. The female descends to join a male she has chosen and allows him to take her bill in his. The pair then also engages in mutual "head-snaking".
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Brown Anole
Brown anoles are small lizards native to Cuba and the Bahamas. They are social creatures and use visual cues as their primary signaling mode. Males like to have high vantage points in their territory so they can display their dewlap to attract the attention of any females nearby. They'll often bob their head up and down quickly before displaying their dewlap and do sets of push-ups.
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Red-Crowned Crane
The Red-crowned crane is one of the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity. Adult Red-crowned cranes are named for a patch of red bare skin on their crown, which becomes brighter during mating season. These birds form long-lasting pair bonds which they strengthen by their beautiful displays of dancing. During such duets the pair moves rhythmically until they are standing ...
close, throwing their heads back and letting out a fluting call in unison, often triggering other pairs to start duetting, as well. To strengthen the bond, Red-crowned cranes also engage in dual honking rituals before performing a dance.
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Red Deer
The Red deer is one of the largest deer species. They are found in most of Europe, parts of western Asia, and central Asia. Mature Red deer usually stay in single-sex groups for most of the year. During the mating season, called the rut, mature stags (males) compete for the attentions of the hinds (females) and will then try to defend the hinds they attract. Rival stags challenge opponents by belling and walking in parallel. Males also have a ...
distinctive roar, which they use to keep their harem of females together. The females are initially attracted to those males that both roar most often and have the loudest roar call. Males also use this roar call when competing with other males for females during the rut.
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