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Animal courtship is a process that results in two mature members of a species becoming a couple, usually with the intent to mate and produce offspring. Different species of bugs, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals have their unique sets of courtship rules an rituals-from the long, complex song of the male humpback whale to the color changes of the chameleon. In Animal Courtship, learn the various ways species attract mates, including by singing, dancing, glowing, and even attacking.
Animal Behavior highlights the many amazing animal and insect adaptations found in nature. Oftentimes, particular behaviors evolve to help organisms obtain food, find mates, or protect themselves from predators. This full-color set will entertain and enlighten readers with striking examples of the everyday lives and habits of animals and insects as well as their unique feats.
Table of Contents
1 Human Courtship 7
2 The Natural History of Courtship 16
3 Insect and Arachnid Courtship 30
4 Fish and Shellfish Courtship 40
5 Reptile and Amphibian Courtship 52
6 Bird Courtship 62
7 Mammal Courtship 76
8 How Courtship Research is Gathered 89
Further Resources 112
Picture Credits 114
About the Author 120