Energetic and colourful courtship displays are used by many bird species to attract a mate and show readiness to copulate. These displays vary widely and include the use of colourful and ornate breeding plumage; melodious songs; energetic dances; and gift giving. Once a mate is chosen pairs may strengthen bonds using behaviour such as allopreening, and feeding each other.

Some of these displays are a sight to behold, and we were lucky to have submissions for a wide variety of species. Thank you to everyone that submitted photographs for this week’s theme; here we present the Top 25 photographs of courtship displays.

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Lesser florican male performing a display leap in which the head is arched and the legs are folded, in Pradesh, India (Praveen K Bhat)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 1 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysBrahminy starling male displaying for a female, he will sing, and stand erect while puffing out his feathers (Sandeep Beas)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 2 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysBlack-headed gull males will feed females as part of their courtship, as shown here in Surrey, UK (Edwin Godhino)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 3 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysLesser flamingos perform ritualised group displays involving small movements of the neck, head wagging, and broken-neck posture (Wishwas Thakker)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 4 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysMale peafowl displaying his tail feathers to attract the attention of a female (Mann P Arora)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 5 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysLaughing dove pair in Patiala, India allopreening; usually feathers that are hard to reach for an individual will be preened by its mate (Tarika Sandhu)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 6 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysGreen bee-eater displaying in Punjab, India (Baljinder Pal Singh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 7 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysGreat egret displaying breeding plumage, males will choose the display area which later becomes the nesting area (J Bernardo Sanchez)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 8 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysMississippi kite pair feeding each other in Green Cove Springs, Florida, USA (Jola Charlton)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 9 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysPin-tailed wHydah male in breeding plumage coming in to land on a branch in Punggol Barat Island, Singapore (Ananth Ramasamy)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 10 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysSarus crane pair calling and posturing together, pairs will jump and bow together as part of the courtship display (Hitesh Chawla)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 11 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysAtlantic puffins are monogamous; pairs will strengthen their bond upon returning to land by approaching each other, wagging their bills side to side, and then rattling their bills together (Anthony Roberts)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 12 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysIn waved albatrosses of the Galapagos Archipelago, courtship involves bill circling and bowing, and beak clacking (Dot Rambin)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 13 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysYellow-crowned night-heron males will display for females by raising and lowering their heads, and fanning their shoulder plumes (Teri Franzen)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 14 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysWhite-bellied treepie pair in Thattekad, Kerala, India, preening each other (Shantharama Holla K)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 15 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysScaly-breasted munia males perform soft and complex songs in the breeding season, when a partner is chosen he will land close and bend towards her to wipe his bill (Baljinder Pal Singh)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 16 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysRed munia male in breeding plumage in Uttar Pradesh, India (Vijay Madan)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 17 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysNorthern gannet stretching its head vertically, females will use this posture to let males know that they’re available for courtship, mated pairs will then engage in a fencing display using their beaks (Owen Deutsch)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 18 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysBlack-rumped flameback pairs will feed together, photographed here in Bangalore, India (Ramesh Aithal)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 19 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysGrey crowned cranes are monogamous for life, and both males and females perform a courtship dance using bobbing and bowing movements as shown here (Edwin Godinho)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 20 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysAshy prinia calling to its partner (Vivek Sharma)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 21 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysMale baya weavers will spend approximately 18 days building a nest, before it is complete he will hang from the nest flapping his wings and calling to passing females (Jasvir Faridkot)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 22 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysAnhinga female, with male in breeding plumage. Males initiate courtship by soaring and gliding (Leslie Reagan)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 23 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysWood stork males are aggressive to females in the breeding season, once the female is accepted however the male will offer her sticks and preen her feathers (Jola Charlton)top 25 wild bird photographs of the week courtship displays 24 - Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Courtship DisplaysIntermediate egret pair performing flap flight together in Haryana, India (Sanjay Solanki)

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Edited by Laurie Johnson, Campaign Manager

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Originally posted 2018-10-19 18:34:19.

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