Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Love dance

Ostriches pair up for life and during the mating season a male ostrich would do a love dance for his female. He would go down on his haunches, open his wings and sway from side to side to get her attention. Its always funny when you visit one of the ostrich show farms at Oudtshoorn and you get an ostrich approaching a group with their wings open and head down like this. Its probably similar to a love dance and shows that he likes (somebody in) the group and is looking for some attention.

This pic was taken just outside Oudtshoorn and shows a male doing his love dance on the right to a female sitting on her nest to the left.

4 comments:

  1. hahaha showing off eh. interesting. thanks for the info, i didn't know about that. and i think i love the dance too haha.

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  2. That is very cool, and similar to the Condor "love dance" except add a multi-colored bald head. I didn't see any ostrich dancing while at the Oudtshoorn farm yet did see a very old mated pair called Adam & Eve who even help raise other's babies.

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  3. Didn't know about that dance. I regularly learn something from you. Cheers!

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  4. This is indeed a beautiful dance to watch Jonker. Maybe males of the human race should try it too? :)

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