Courtship

Call or Song Elliot Brummond

What?

Courtship is when an individual sends out stimuli (stimuli is a signal to which an organism responds) - such as sounds, visual displays, or chemicals. They do this to attract a member of the opposite sex. We will focus on attracting a mate with sound, or call and song.

Ribit! Ribit!

A lot of male frogs sing to attract a female. In order to sing the male frogs take a deep breath, and then close their mouth and nostrils. Air flows over their vocal chords causing their vocal sacs to inflate. In some species, the vocal flaps can be close in size to the frog! Photo Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_sac
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Who! Who!

Screech Owls give a whiny call during courtship. They call each other from different branches until they get close. Once they are closer to each other the male dances for the female. Photo Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screech_owl
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Creek! Creek!

Male crickets find a mate by singing loud repetitive songs at night. They rub their wings together, setting them into resonant vibration, making a loud and intense sound, which enables the female crickets to find them. Photo Source: http://songsofinsects.com/crickets/striped-ground-cricket
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Ewwwww!!!!!

Mice really can sing. It has been discovered that when a male wants to mate it will squeak. Female mice tend to like some of the songs more than the others. Photo Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3021844/Animals-sing-like-songbird-attract-mates-humans-t-hear-Duke-University-finds.html
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Moose!

Moose attract with calls. Female moose send out deep calls to attract a male. They also have strong scent. Bull moose use their antlers as threat displays when fighting over a female that might have sent out these calls, or left their strong scent behind. Photo Source: http://horsefeathersphotography.com/shop/bull-moose/
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