courtship

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship Displays

Energetic and colourful courtship displays are used by many bird species to attract a mate and show readiness to copulate. These displays vary widely and include the use of colourful and ornate breeding plumage; melodious songs; energetic dances; and gift ...

Rare Video Footage Shows the Dynamics of Cougar Courtship

How cougars find each other in a vast landscape of mountains, raging water, thick forests, and rocky bluffs is one of life’s great mysteries for those of us who study mountain lions. I’ve spent many long hours contemplating ...

Striking Picture: Bats Hunt Frogs by Detecting Water Ripples

Male túngara frogs (Physalemus pustulosus) are the romantic type. Instead of roaming around looking for mates, these tiny Central and South American rain forest amphibians sit in puddles singing love songs, attracting females that flock to the aquatic crooner’...

What’s This Mysterious Circle on the Seafloor?

What creates mysterious circles on the seafloor? No, it’s not aliens of the deep—it’s actually pufferfish hoping to snag a mate, a new study says. Divers first noticed the 6.5-foot-wide (2-meter-wide) circular structures near Japan‘s Amami-Oshima ...

What’s This Mysterious Circle on the Seafloor?

What creates mysterious circles on the seafloor? No, it’s not aliens of the deep—it’s actually pufferfish hoping to snag a mate, a new study says. Divers first noticed the 6.5-foot-wide (2-meter-wide) circular structures near Japan‘s Amami-Oshima ...

Peacock Surprise: What Females Like in a Male

What catches an Indian peahen’s eye? Most of the time, it’s not the peacock‘s showy tail, a new study says.  Scientists who used eye-tracking cameras to follow peahens’ gazes found that the female birds spend only 20 to 30 ...