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: platyrhynchos
Author: Don DesJardin
Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2010
Added to IBC: 14 Feb 2010 - 02:43
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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.

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

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

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