|the most complicated courtship in the world
||[Oct. 19th, 2005|01:42 am]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
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'Waved albatrosses, like other albatrosses, engage in a very lengthy, noisy, and complex courtship ritual. Some of the basic steps are illustrated in the strip to the right. 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, accompanied by a nasal "anh-a-annhh" sound. These steps are interspersed frequently with bouts of bill fencing. The dance is longer and more involved in new pairs, or in pairs that failed to breed in the previous season. For visitors lucky enough to see it,the courtship dance of the waved albatross is a highlight of any Galapagos trip.'