Mallards Courting Behavior
Mallards court in winter and since they are sometimes close to civilization it’s easy to observe. In this 3 minute video I took on a gray December 23rd you can see several displays performed by more than ten males around two females. Because of the bad weather the quality is not so great.
I took some stills from the movie (sorry for the bad quality) to explain the displays as far as I know them.
All that the female does in the video is bob her head up and down.
The Drakes shake their heads:
arch their necks:
lift their tail and lower the beak into the water to spit some (usually towards the female):
and do the head-up-tail-up followed by swimming with their neck outstretched:
I tried to point out some displays within the movie by adding some text. I hope that helps. At the end of the movie a couple does the simultaneous pumping of the heads.
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