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Tufted Coquette ( Lophornis ornatus): scenes from a courtship | by geoff-e
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Tufted Coquette ( Lophornis ornatus): scenes from a courtship

... and found an adoring female - and I got lucky with a set of 30 or so images of the progress of the courtship display

 

In his courtship, the male Tufted Coquette 'dances' above the female in an intimidating way. He uses his ability to fly backwards as well as forwards while circling around her repeatedly to fly very close and then back off. She responds agressively - initially jabbing at him with her beak when he gets too close - and then becoming more passive until they eventually fly off as a pair into the 'blue yonder'

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Taken on January 27, 2010