Male and female individuals perform complex displays before mating. The male begins when it sees a female approach, trying to attract the female by dancing on the spot. If the female is interested it will approach the male with its head slightly lowered. The female then taps the side of the male’s bill and may nibble on the breast feathers. The two birds then enter a dance routine consisting of a series of discrete movements. These movements can be combinations of sounds and body motions or even staring at each other or throwing bits of dirt. A bird will go though there whole dance routine even if their partner stops. Sometimes, the birds will gradually synchronize their dance routines. (Meseth 242) If they conclude the dance and mate or begin preening each other the pair bond is thought to have formed. Juveniles and very occasionally chicks will do limited dance routines (Meseth 246)
- Meseth, Earl H. The Dance of the Laysan Albatross, Diomedia Immutabilis Behavior LIV 3-4 (1975)
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