Just before copulation, the drake and hen typically float face-to-face and pump their heads up and down.

Just before copulation, the drake and hen typically float face-to-face and pump their heads up and down.
Species: Mallard   Anas platyrhynchos
Subspecies: Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos
Author: Don Desjardin
Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2010
Added to IBC: 14 Feb 2010 - 02:43
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Altitude (m): 
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This water ballet consists first of wagging his tail; next, dipping his bill and flicking water by the quick upward movement of his head, creating a showy stream of water droplets. If the two are so inclined, the intensity of the dance will increase, and then drake apparently will have found success.

Citation

Don Desjardin, IBC1177296. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1177296.

Extended version
Don Desjardin, IBC1177296. Video of Mallard Anas platyrhynchos at Ventura County, USA (United States). Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1177296.

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