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Short Video: Albatross Courship Ritual

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The waved albatrosse is one of the largest birds in the Galapagos. These waved albatrosses are performing their courtship ritual. Notice the behaviors. Sky-pointing with head held back, beak clacking, and heads bobbing left and right. The complex courtship dance, with very ritualistic movements, can take a long time to complete. Albatrosses pair for life, up to 40 or 50 years in some cases. Most of the entire world population of the waved albatross nests on Espanola island and is considered endemic to this Galapagos island. These birds land on Espanola island in late March and leave before January to wander over an extensive range along the South American coast from Ecuador to Peru. Credit: Richard Benz, Wickliffe School
The waved albatrosse is one of the largest birds in the Galapagos. These waved albatrosses are performing their courtship ritual. Notice the behaviors. Sky-pointing with head held back, beak clacking, and heads bobbing left and right. The complex courtship dance, with very ritualistic movements, can take a long time to complete. Albatrosses pair for life, up to 40 or 50 years in some cases. Most of the entire world population of the waved albatross nests on Espanola island and is considered endemic to this Galapagos island. These birds land on Espanola island in late March and leave before January to wander over an extensive range along the South American coast from Ecuador to Peru. Credit: Richard Benz, Wickliffe School