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The Amateur Birder's Journal - Stories & Photographs by J R Compton

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Links to Courtship & Fighting Displays/Behaviors 

Bird Journal Pages are large — give them time to load.   See Heron and Egret pages for pix of nests & young.

On this page:    Grackles    Courtships and Mating Displays    Fighting    Nesting    Aggression    Hunger  

Reddish Egrets - Mutual Heads-up Display - copyright 2009 JRCompton. All Rights Reserved.

Reddish Egrets - Mutual Heads-up Display - May 2009
 

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)
 
 

Gulls Heads-up - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Laughing Gulls - Heads Up  along the South Texas Coast 
 

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
 

Male Cattle Egret Showing Off - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Male Cattle Egret Showing Off and Chasing Another Male Around a Tree - May 2010
 

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 - Photograph Copyright 2003 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Willet Display Over Matagorda on Texas' Gulf Coast
 

Willets aerial display - strange dance in the air

Wood Ducks - many males gathered around one female
 

Pigeons Courting - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Pigeons Courting at White Rock Lake's Sunset Bay
 

Courtship

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)

 

Betrothal Nest Stick Passing - copyright 2009 JRCompton. All Rights reserved.

Little Blue Heron Betrothal Ritual (nest stick passing)
 

Nesting & Betrothals

Great Egrets gathring sticks for nest. Another Great Egret rising with nest stick.

Little Blue Heron

Monk Parakeets

Baltimore Oriole Nest at White Rock Lake
 

Head-butting Ducks - Photograph Copyright 2010 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Usually, Mallards bump breasts (See below), but these male Mallards are butting heads - March 2007 

Fighting

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
 
 

Hunger

Juvenile Grackles showing hunger and doing something about it

Grackles Courting - copyright 2007 JRCompton.com - All Rights reserved

Grackles Courting - April 2007 

Grackles

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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