Sexual attitudes at northern latitudes

Natural History


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Spreading his wings to reveal their pearly white undersides, the male buff-breasted sandpiper tilted his head to the sky, puffed out his chest, and uttered a series of soft "tick-ticks.” He then proceeded to stamp his feet and vibrate his wings as if the ground were quaking beneath him. Soon, three females, attracted by this courtship display, entered the curve of his embracing wings. They then spread their own wings and turned so their backs were against his chest, each jostling for the position closest to him. Just when mating seemed inevitable, a neighboring male rushed into the group, forcing all the birds into the air.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Sexual attitudes at northern latitudes
Series title Natural History
Volume 107
Issue 6
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher American Museum of Natural History
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 72
Last page 75
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