Links to Courtship & Fighting Displays/Behaviors
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On this page: Grackles Courtships and Mating Displays Fighting Nesting Aggression Hunger
Courting Displays & Behaviors
Black-crowned Night-Heron - puffed out and fierce-looking
Brown-headed Cowbirds - heads up display,
Brown-headed Cowbird - prancing and wing puff and drag
Cattle Egret - male puffed out and feathers up, in a tree at the rookery (two images)
Chachalaca Dance - or display, behavior or ritual (five images)
Coots - in my limited experience, birds fight over three things — territory, food and sex. This altercation appears to be about the latter. (10 images)
Duck Sex - on the original Bird Sex & VIolence page
Gooses - heads-up display over big goose egg
Great Egrets in mutual heads-up behavior, then flying around, then what looks like quick egret sex, then they chase around some more
Another Heads-up Egret. This one high in a tree with its neck (and probably other) feathers fluffed out.
Laughing Gulls - heads up - just above
Little Blue Heron - male LBH puffed up neck and head, in a tree at the rookery
Reddish Egrets Mutual Heads-up Display including the Best Reddish Heads-up Display - Reddish Egrets on the South Texas Coast
Red-winged Blackbird - showing off his red/yellow epaulets (three images)
Snowy Egret - Max-fluffed, red-lored, head, tail and breast feathers out
Tricolor Heron Displays - scroll down some
Willets aerial display - strange dance in the air
Wood Ducks - many males gathered around one female
Egrets - a variety of courtship behaviors of various egret species are shown on the Egrets Page (ten images).
Grackles - two images of male grackle puffed out, female with wings and tail up in one
Mockingbird - aerial pre-courtship display off the top of the tallest tree around
Muscovy Ducks - again, this is sex, not necessarily courtship, but the flying behavior before it, seemed odd
Pelicans - especially graphic images (not overtly sexual) of the fin-like appendage on their upper beaks to show they are adult breeding pelicans of both sexes (five images, total, keep scrolling)
Pigeons - sequence of eight images of pigeons puffing up, him jumping on top, her flying away
More Pigeons Courting (four images)
Nesting & Betrothals
Great Egrets gathring sticks for nest. Another Great Egret rising with nest stick.
Little Blue Heron
Baltimore Oriole Nest at White Rock Lake
Black-crowned Nigh-Herons fighting - maybe over territory or a mate, probably not over food, but ya never know.
Coots catching large fish, then carrying them around, then fighting over them - not sure this is courtship-related, but it's early spring (March) and anything might be courtship-related. Related images continue from the earlier day below.
Eastern Kingbirds - fighting at the top of a tree
Grackle Attack Images — scroll slightly down
More Grackles Fighting
Two male grackles with heads up, bumping breasts
Mallards breast-bashing and fighting - male mallards fighting, head-butting and breast-bashing, scroll down three more images, then Consenting Duck Sex (it doesn't always seem so)
Mockingbirds - (six images of aerial combat)
Young Mockingbirds either fighting or roughhousing.
Monk Parakeets - showing aggression or hunger
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers - several males, fighting in air and showing off (15 images)
Fear-inspiring Display or Agggression
Great-tailed Grackle - There's probably a better word for it, but this grackle is fussing.
Northern Mockingbird Ground Display
Wood Duck Aggression
Juvenile Grackles showing hunger and doing something about it
Heads Up Display
Grackles Courting - one head-up, the other puffed out
grackle courtship dance - him wings-up, then head-up, them passing, her being submissive, him being formidable
Grackles Courting - male hugely puffed up, female feathers up, both walking funny
Heads-up Grackles - bending over backwards
A similar, not as detailed image of a grackle nearly bending over backwards in heads-up display
Two Great-tailed Grackles in heads-up display
Grackles Courting & Fighting - Heads-up display and them fighting on one of two Grackle Courtship and Fights pages.
Grackle Display - heads-up display, then puffed up
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