Have you ever wondered how birds mate? Well it all depends on the type of bird.There are many ways for birds to mate, and each bird uses their own unique way to find their mates. Bower birds, peacocks, flamingos, and hummingbirds all have different ways of mating.
Bowerbirds use their houses to attract their mates. They create optical illusions with their homes. The illusion is to make the male seem more robust then he really is. Then the female decides which illusion she thinks is the best. So far the Bower birds are the only birds, scientist know of, that use illusions to attract their mates.
Peacocks mate my calling and showing off their feathers. The male peacock shakes the feathers of his tail towards the female, or just fans them out, and then makes a noise that sounds like a cat’s meow. The female responds with an arf like a dog. Peacocks most of the time have 4 to 5 mates throughout their life. There are the few that only have one special mate.
There are four different ways (positions) that flamingos use to attract a mate. The first one is Wing Salute which is when the flamingos stretch their necks out and spread their wings to show off their black feathers that are underneath their wings. The second position is the Wing & Leg Stretch: that is when flamingos stretch just one of their wings and then lifts the opposing leg in one motion. The third one is the Inverted Wing Salute: this is when flamingos bend down and stretch their necks out while they invert their wings. The last position is the Twist Preen: this is when the flamingos spin around for when they groom themselves. Now they just have to choose which one to use.
Hummingbirds use noises and wing shapes to attract their mates. They use a noise that they repeat rapidly. They fly in a U-shaped position. They do that to showoff their aerobatic prowess. That indicates that they are strong and powerful. It also shows that they are healthy, which means they can produce offspring. After, the male does all of this the female joins in to do a courtship dance.
All in all different birds mate in different ways. Like the four different birds bowerbirds, peacocks, flamingos, and hummingbirds all had different ways to mate. Bowerbirds use their homes as optical illusions. Peacocks use their feathers. Flamingos use positions. Lastly hummingbirds use their voices. Birds our kind of like humans, we use different approaches to finding our mates some of the same, by showing off what we are good at or by what we have.
Why do birds find mates in different ways?
Why does the birds mate the way they do? (Pick one bird.)
Do any other birds mate like this? (Pick one bird.)