Perhaps the most bizarre ritual is that of the swans: male and female face each other and the first begins to dip the head under water rhythmically. If she likes the approach, she does the same movement, which gradually synchronizes with that of her partner. The underlying message is: "I can fish aquatic plants to eat from the bottom of the pond". When one of the two re-emerges with real leaves in its beak, it means that the simulation is over and that the love between the two has blossomed.
Flights, dances and wheels
Other species entrust their messages to song or dance. Among the black grouse, the males face each other in round dance competitions, while the females are watching. Instead the cranes dance in pairs with open wings. Between doves and pigeons, the males swell and coo, making repeated bows that are equivalent to serenades. Among the larks, the female rests on the ground, while the male rises above her as high as she can, flying in a spiral. Another striking method of courtship is the peacock wheel, which means: "Look how big and strong I am". The colorful "eyes" on the pens underline the message, which for the other males is completed in "stay away!" And for the females in "I am able to defend you". A similar technique is used by turkey.
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