Nature has always been the one that turns our head and makes us wonder if anything is more ecstatic than to just look at it. It has been decorated with every color rightly placed and every animal dancing to their own pace. From the chirping and cuckooing of the birds and the way bees work, animals have been the subject we never want to miss out on. And not only they are great singers but also they can show immense monogamous behavior. Monogamy, as we know, is an act to mate for life.
(I know guys that Valentine’s day is in February and this list should have hit the sky a little earlier. But let’s be honest and accept that loyalty is rare and it is celebrated whenever found in whatever way. So here we go!)
A list of Animals who mate for life:
• Albatross • Golden Eagles
• Bald Eagles • Love birds
• Barn owls • Macaw
• Beavers • Otters
• Black vultures • Penguins
• Condors • Pigeons
• Coyotes • Prairie voles
• Cranes • Termites
These names might suffice a list but the way they exhibit this behavior is much more fascinating. Let’s look at some of them and their mating behavior.
1. ALBATROSS AND THEIR MUSICAL LOVE STORY
Not only Wilbur (Albatross from the rescuers underwent) is at your service to save a kid but also a great partner to serve his loved one. The breeding ritual of this bird includes dancing with a bunch of birds. After a while, the number drops and a pair is formed. This pair lasts for life and eventually practice to make it a perfect individual language which is unique to one pair. Albatrosses are held to undertake these elaborate and painstaking rituals to ensure that the appropriate partner has been chosen.
Population: 750,000 breeding pairs of these birds are present in the world.
Status: Out of 22 species, 3 species are Critically Endangered, 5 species are Endangered, 7 species are Near Threatened, and 7 species are Vulnerable.
2. BALD EAGLES AND THEIR ACROBATIC PLAY
These birds have a unique way of bonding with other ones. They perform a cartwheel flight with their talons locked up in the sky and falls dramatically in free fall after it is done. It is known as cartwheel flight courtship. Also, there is another aerial display known as Roller Coaster flight courtship, in which one of the eagles behaves as a rollercoaster. Apart from this, they also share the responsibility of raising young ones.
Population: 70,000 in the whole of North America.
Status: Included the federal list of threatened and endangered species. But on August 9/2007, they have been removed from the list and are flourishing since then. They come under the category of least concern in IUCN red list.
3. COYOTES AND THEIR SCENTED STALKING
As fast as Wild coyote runs to catch the roadrunner, Coyotes, in general, do not lag behind to find their woman of life. A female Coyote entering estrus attracts males by scent marking and howling. A single female in heat can attract up to seven reproductive males, which can follow her for as long as a month (stalking spotted!!!). Once the female has selected a mate and copulate, the rejected males do not interfere and move on once they detect other estrous females.
Population: Millions and about 400,000 coyotes are killed each year in the United States.
Status: They are fairly present in the world so they also come under the category of least concern in IUCN red list.
4. PRAIRIE VOLES AND THEIR FAIRY TALE AFFECTION
During mating season, Prairie voles mark their territory with urine and defend it from others. They take up a defensive posture against the enemy by raising their forefeet and chattering their teeth. Once they bond up with a female, it is for life and not only they support each other sexually but also they groom each other and share the responsibilities of nesting and raising their young ones.
Population: Millions of them are present and they are found at most in central North America.
Status: Categorized as of least concern in IUCN red list.
5. GIBBONS AND THEIR DATING ON TREES
Being closely related to humans, gibbons are the only primates found to display monogamy. They attract partners by showing their territories, solo singing and hanging out (literally) with another female gibbon. Though a study has reported that they can occasionally cheat on one another.
( Flash news: Human traits soon to spoil Gibbons)
Population: 3159 in number.
Status: Endangered species list mainly due to loss of forest habitat.
6. SWANS AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL ETERNAL LOVE
Alright, alright! As every tale has a happy ending, this list has to end with something more than just an example of monogamy but a symbol of eternal love. Swans find their mate by dipping heads in the water and expecting similar behavior from the other one. Once they meet, they cross their necks and male grabs neck feather of the female. This whole process is followed by a clumsy way of copulation. Their bond is an iconic symbol of monogamy and hence when one of them dies, the other often fall in depression and is found to eat less than required. (I do really think they have an Indian approach for romance.)
Population: Millions! But…
Status: They are under near extinction and rediscovery in Alaska and least concern in other areas.
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