Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Waved albatrosses engage in a very lengthy & noisy courtship ritual. The dance involves bill-fencing, in which the partners bend, face each other, and rapidly slap their bills back and forth. In another step each faces the other in an upright posture, sometimes poising with bill wide open. The bills are then shut with a loud clap. Sometimes the birds will clatter their bills rapidly. The dance also involves bowing, and parading around one another with the head swaying side to side in an exagerated sway. These steps are interspersed frequently with bouts of bill fencing. The courtship we say lasted more than 20 minutes!!!


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