Display Courtship

McKenna Hoelk

Courtship displays are performed by animals seeking to advertise their willingness to mate, attract a partner and sometimes to warn off rivals. Famous examples include the dazzling display of a peacock's tail, and the elaborate dancing and acrobatics performed by birds of paradise. In monogamous animals, such as swans and albatrosses, the male and female often do a mutual courtship display, to reaffirm and reinforce the bond between them.

Different Stages

Courtship behavior may include several stages, from initially claiming territory to actually wooing a prospective mate with visual and auditory displays – spectacular flights, intricate songs or even elaborate dances.