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In the Wood Duck world, courtship starts in mid-September when the adult males have acquired their full, and very ornate, colorful breeding plumage. Small groups of Wood Ducks, more males than females, begin to gather together with several males swimming around one female – heads tucked down against their bodies, combined with other displays intended to establish a dominance hierarchy among the males, the most dominant males are the first to closely approach the females. This display lasts for about 20 minutes taking place early morning or late afternoon and most of the females are paired up by mid-winter.
My boy here is doing something called the “Bill Jerk” (stay with me, I’m serious) –rapidly flicking his bill up exposing the white under his chin, this display is usually given as a greeting between paired Wood Ducks. The paired male and his mate will avoid the boisterous display antics of those un-attached Wood Ducks but do display for each other when they have been temporarily parted. How nice, ah?
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
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