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"Courtship rituals play a vital role in the survival of a species. This quiz looks at the pick-up ploys in world of birds."
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Most birds are known for their vocal abilities. Which of the following best illustrates how singing helps birds attract a mate?
It's a great way to relax and show off
It's a form of begging
They will earn the recognition and adulation of millions
It provides a display of their intelligence and maturity
Which bird, the largest of the great sea birds, uses singing both as a tool for courtship and as a method of producing a monogamous life long bond with its partner?
The brightness of a male bird's plumage may be an indication of its foraging ability.
The power of dance in avian courtship should not be underestimated. A mistake during a routine is likely to indicate which of the following to a prospective mate?
Dancer has eaten too much over ripe fruit
Inexperience and hesitancy
Which member of the crane family is well known in the bird kingdom as having one of the most elaborate dance courtship rituals?
One of the avian kingdom's courtship rituals sees birds trimming their feathers with their beaks. By what name is this known?
As a courtship ritual, are gifts of food to the female likely to be seen in a good light by her?
Which bird, colloquially known as the sparrow hawk, incorporates food transfer into a courtship ritual that will commence some 4-5 weeks prior to laying?
"Did I ever tell you how I met your mother?" said the architect, "I built her a nest". What advantages would a male bird gain in building a nest for a potential mate?
An opportunity to claim territory
Gaining a site that is easier to defend
It advertises their strength and health
These can all be seen as advantages
Which bird, whose name is synonymous with its nest building ability, has one of the most complex mating rituals in the animal kingdom?
Bird of paradise
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