The most amazing courtships of wildlife

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The most amazing courtships of wildlife

For February 14th, the feast of lovers, WWF tells the most particular courtship and mating techniques that have animals as protagonists. Among the bison the males fight with each other, with the aim of conquering a harem of females.

It is only after having shown that he is the strongest, in fact, that the winning male can begin the real courtship phase, during which he begins to closely follow the chosen female, keeping her isolated from the rest of the group until he gives in to his advances.

Male red dee fight to conquer the harem of females. But before the fights, in the arenas where the males confront each other, the loud cries resound, the verses of the males in love, which serve to show the other contenders their strength and conviction.

A strong and deep "song" indicates that the male is in excellent health and with high levels of testosterone.

Exhibitions is for bowerbirds, which includes several species united by the extraordinary exhibits and constructions of the males who, to conquer the females, create impressive architectural structures and decorate them with colors and objects.

The females visit and examine various ove nests in addition to the plumage of the males. The courtship of peacocks takes place in defined areas, called leks, where the males gather to conquer the females, flaunting their lush liveries and tails, and dancing.

But despite the multicolored fan tails and the bright colors with which the males try to attract female attention among the peacocks are the females to decide and can be really hard to please. As for complex and noisy courtship dances, the ostrich is no exception.

The male tries to conquer the female between deep calls and elaborate dances. Kantling is a real show that the male undertakes to earn the attention of the other sex. The males throw themselves on the ground and roll, flap their wings and emit typical calls, which are intended to invite the female to mate.

Among the cranes, for example, during the reproductive period, couples engage in spectacular performances, calling each other in unison with a typical call, and starting a romantic step two. struck by the male's attitude, then she aligns herself with the movement of the future partner, but only when she is convinced of the male's qualities can she begin mating.

The great grebe also stands out for having one of the most elaborate courtship rituals among Italian birds. The courtship ceremony involves the exchange of a symbolic gift between male and female, which then becomes a real dance: the two loons face each other and begin a ceremonial greeting by rhythmically moving their heads and raising and lowering the feathers of the head.

Among the most fascinating couplings in the world of insects is that of dragonflies. These insects use a complicated interlocking game to reproduce. The male blocks the female with particular appendages and this, by bending her body forward, allows the male to fertilize the eggs.

The male of the seahorse also dances to woo and win the sympathies of the female. The wedding dance can last several minutes. In these dances, male and female cross their tails and muzzles while floating in the sea water. As they move, the two lovers can even change color, going from a faded orange to a brighter orange, to show themselves ready for mating.

The cuttlefish, as well as being a champion species of mimicry and transformism, also surprises in the courtship ritual. The female varies the shades of color of her, going from mottled to gray, to signal to the male her availability for mating.

Males are even capable of assuming female guise to go unnoticed by other contenders, and have a greater chance of reproducing.