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7 Animals That Flirt

Updated on July 11, 2016


What don't we have in common, humans and animals? We are basically the same. We both pick bugs out of each other's hair, we both show intense approval for what we love and sheer disapproval for things hated, we both have an opinion of strangers foraying into our territories, etc., and of course, we both flirt big time. The way these animals flirt are both fundamental and eye-opening with regards to understanding animal flirtatious propensities on a general scale.

The Blue Footed Booby

I love the female Blue Footed Booby. She is not the type that gives the male any kind of attention or allowed itself to be induced with him unless his love is proven. These boobies live off the western coasts of Central and South America.

Male booby presents sticks or stones to the female and she chooses mate based on the quality of gift. Having seemed to know the perfect way to always go about it; males boast their feet to potential mates with a high-stepping strut. Brighter and bluer the feet, more attractive the mate. During mating season male boobies preen themselves, and make sure they look sleek enough to turn heads. When he spots the one upto his liking, he points everything he's got wings, chest, beak up to the sky and whistle loudly to get her attention.

If the female is interested, she'll stick around. The male then performs his spectacular dance, raising one leg after another, wobbling back and forth, and make high-pitched calls. If she's into it, she'll join him on the dance floor.
Wow! Get the groove on. Even boobies know.

Blue Footed Booby Dance

The Male Frigate Bird

Males of The Great Frigate bird species show off their style by inflating a red sack on their chest, like a balloon! Trying to attract a female, groups of male birds often sit in bushes inflating their red chest sac which makes up for spectacle that's impossible to miss. They also do wing movements, sway their chest, wave their heads and make gobbling sounds. The essence of the noise is to get the unbridled attention of the female frigate bird. And often times, he gets it.

The courtship display continues for several days until they get a mate. Females fly overhead, above display sites to gauge males. Once a female chooses a male, they spend several days close to each other and occasionally engaging in mutual head waving.

Interesting Fact : Female frigate bird is often larger in size than it's male counterpart.

Frigate Bird

The Male Bottlenose Dolphins

When you realize that you have a better chance of getting attention by teaming up with two of your friends that also have an interest in her two friends, what do you do? You go ahead I think. Right? Maybe? Whatever the answer, the male bottlenose dolphins understand this principle, so they always turn up the charm by forming "cooperative alliances." They will swim and break the surface in a "highly synchronous" way; even leaping everywhere in what is probably an effort just to please the females. That's the bottlenose way. Another acrobatic surface-breaking swim is researched as related to the same course—pleasing females.

Bottlenose males also make sure that their competition stays away from the prospective mate. They are known to fight off other males that come in their way to their female interest. They make use of sounds to warn off the competition and may indulge in fights by colliding their bodies against each other. Males have a tendency to become aggressive towards females who show little to no response to their advances , if the response is good from the opposite side then they are more relaxed. There is often foreplay in form of touching and pleasing each other before the real action.

Bottlenose Dolphins

The Female-Bearded Capuchin Monkeys

Whenever a female-bearded Capuchin Monkey wants to get the attention of the male, she just does one thing, and that is: Rock his world! To get the male's attention, the Capuchin females throw rocks at high-ranking males and in most cases, the male ends up mating the pitcher. The females are prolific rock-pitcher more than one another. Now you can guess what that implies. These monkeys have got it aplenty, apart from just targeting and launching stones and big rockers to get attention, they also use embarrassingly familiar tactics like posing, pouting, and touch-the-fur-and-run-away plays with the male to great effects.

Capuchin Monkeys

The Male Manakin Birds

The small attractive bird performs difficult and elaborate courtship dance with fast and intricate movements all to attract the female. Manakin spends a lot of time on display grounds which is often the tree branch that is free of foliage in an open area that is unobstructed by surrounding vegetation , dancing out and seeking girls. The famous moonwalk dance where male moves in a backward sliding or gliding movement is one of the spectacle to watch. Females selection for mates is solely based on the performance elements like dancing speed and motor coordination.

The male manakin bird found in American tropical region, exhibits one of the most spectacular courtship dance known. Now that's how to go to get girls!

Manakin Bird Moon Walking Dance

The Gentoo Penguins

For many people, different kinds of stuff fasten alluringness, for Gentoo Penguins, it is a secret, sacred gift. Kudos to the male Gentoo penguins, for they really know how to crush it. The trick is built around a gift that found root in love and protection, what girl's needs. The Gentoo penguin nests are built from roughly circular stones that are guarded jealously and their ownership is a reason for noisy dispute between the males. The female loved the stones, and the smart males go all the way to find it and offer a nice stone to the female of its choice. It always works. The stone-giving male always receives favor.

The fastest of all penguins. This amazing species can swim at speeds up to 25 miles per hour!

Gentoo Penguins

The Great Argus Pheasant

When the male great Argus really wants to get a lady Argus in the bush, he uses his spotted feathers to win her heart. I love his style. It's like a not-really-handsome but confident and outspoken bloke before a girl. We all know who always win. It's not in fairness, but confidence. That's the male Argus's flirting secret and style.

It isn't as colorful as other pheasants but produces a remarkable display. It clears an open spot in the forest and prepares a dancing ground, then announces himself with loud calls to attract the females. And when the female comes, he dances with his wings spread into two exalted fans, revealing a hundred eyes while the real one are hidden, staring.

Argus Pheasant Dance

Animals do have their unique ways to woo their partner. A little flirting goes a long way … and there's no doubt that animals do employ very strange yet very effective tactics to gain attention from their prospective mates.


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