10 Surprising Bird Mating Rituals You’ve Never Heard Of


Ducks may have the most bizarre mating rituals of all the birds. Male ducks will not so rarely gang-rape a female duck. That’s why females have a specific anatomy that enables them to select the right sperm for their eggs and reject the rest.


To impress a female, male finches go to great lengths. They have a specific set of dance moves including standing tall, puffing out their feathers, begging, rapidly shaking their heads, and brushing beaks. What’s not so known about finches is that if males are kept in captivity, they’ll turn to other males for copulation.