February 15, 2013

Wild Romance: Weird Animal Courtship and Mating Rituals

1. The Tickler
The 39 colorful avian species known as birds of paradise use their fantastic feathers to seduce females with elaborate courtship displays. The male twelve-wired bird of paradise really knows how to tickle the ladies.
In an intimate act that scientists call “wire-wipe display,” during courtship the male twelve-wired bird of paradise repeatedly brushes the female’s face with the dozen stiff feather shafts protruding from his lower torso. The female obviously finds the sensation appealing: She often approaches the male from behind to place her head among his “wires.”

source: BBC Worldwide

See six more strange animal mating rituals at National Geographic Weird & Wild

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