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Blue Footed Boobies (04:05)


The marine birds live on the Galapagos Islands. Although clumsy on land, they are skilled fliers and swimmers. Females find the bluest feet hues most attractive; males showcase theirs by high stepping.

Salt Water Crocodiles (02:35)

Crocodiles are the largest living reptiles and although they are dangerous and territorial, they are considerate courters. The reptiles express interest by blowing bubbles at the opposite sex, and males release musk. If the male's scent is appealing, the female allows him to rub against her until she signals copulation readiness.

Scarab Beetles (02:19)

Scarab males collect dung balls and present them to females. If interested, she hops aboard. The couple buries the excrement and mate; the female lays eggs. Offspring dine on the dung until grown.

Mayflies (03:01)

Nymphs in a Hungarian River prepare to mate, transforming into mayflies. They have 24 hours to reproduce before dying. Males swarm over the water at dusk and attracted females join; they mate midair. Fertilized eggs drop, submerging into the water, and hatch after 45 days.

Topi (03:10)

Females are fertile one day a year. Males meet in large groups, competing for dominance, and attempting to impress the females. Alphas hold central territories and fight to defend them.

South American Manakins (04:46)

Different bird species use various skills to attract mates. Wire Tailed males compete in dance offs; the best moves gain breeding rights. Club Winged types vibrate their wings, creating high pitched whistles, and perform in groups sound is the best communicator in the forest.

Proboscis Monkeys (03:42)

Monkeys inhabit the Borneo rainforest. Males use large noses to amplify calls, scaring rivals and attracting harems. A challenger threatens an alpha's dominance;. A female sneaks away, meeting the competitor, and providing genetic diversity.

Flamingos (04:55)

Flamingos migrate to Argentina to feed and mate; pinker individuals are more attractive. They assemble in groups, performing complicated dance steps; impressed females leave with partners. Male fireflies cluster to flash signals, increasing chances of reproducing.

Coqui Frogs (03:52)

Males chirp to attract mates and intimidate rivals; females listen for the most vigorous vocalists. When interested, the female moves closer to the male until touching; he leads her to his nest, where they mate. She lays eggs and he cares for them until after hatching.

Black Grouse (02:26)

Males group to perform rituals during breeding season, fanning out tail feathers and rookooing before fighting to prove their worth. Females watch from safe distances; the most impressive display will win mating rights.

Capybaras (02:55)

The semiaquatic mammal lives in groups of twenty, led by an alpha who has the most breeding rights. Pack leaders are often challenged, fighting rivals with sharp teeth and strong legs. Females emit odors and whistle through their noses when in season.

Weaver Bird (03:26)

Males build elaborate nests to attract mates; only the most impressive will win breeding rights. When a female nears, builders flutter their wings to attract attention; she thoroughly inspects their work. Some males deconstruct and rebuild for weeks before designing the perfect home.

Draco Lizard (04:17)

A male uses his bright yellow dewlap to attract a mate; she runs off, so he dances to showcase his strength and size. The male pursues the female through the forest, but she remains uninterested. Hear a summary of this episode.

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The instinct to secure a mate is one of the most powerful in nature. The lengths to which animals will go in search of a mate range from the beautiful to the bizarre: body parts grow bigger, plumage more colourful, and dances get more and more exotic. For some, mating can even mean death, just for the chance to breed and pass their genes on to the next generation.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL186730

Copyright date: ©2017

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