Wednesday, November 19, 2008

THE MATING BEHAVIOUR OF THE ARENA KINGFISHER

The Arena Kingfisher, also known as the Crimson-Crested Kingfisher.
Chest feathers of the female match the crest-hue of the male. The male crest consists of a flaring crown that starts above the beak.
Native names: BUGONG TALIPIYANG, TIWIPANG


Complex instinctive behaviours coupled with a broad range of emotional responses.


GENERAL PREPARATORY BEHAVIOUR:
Female devotes attention to self-preening, displays rump with tail-feathers closed. Attends to mating arena by manipulating the shrubbery and grass with her beak. Shows her readiness to mate by strutting and pausing, while looking from side to side every few paces.



STAGE ONE: ACQUAINTING:
Male and female circle each other at a distance while miming feeding with their beaks, and making clawing motions on the ground of the arena.

STAGE TWO: MALE EXHIBIT:
The male perches on nearby branches, moving from one to another, while craning and arching neck, flaring neck and shoulder feathers, and deliberately looking away from the female.

STAGE THREE: APPROACH:
Both birds approach each other, moving in a circling advance around the edges of the arena, familiarizing themselves with the place, and with each other. During this process, they often face each other briefly.

STAGE FOUR: FLIRTATION:
The two birds move heads in synchronization. The female keeps her head lower, on level with his neck, while looking up. She responds to his craning motions with upward nudges.

STAGE FIVE: MUTUAL PREENING:
The classic display of comfort-level affirmation, with mutual neck nudging and rubbing motions along the feathers of the partner. Both birds engage in this.



NOTE: A couple at the bar a few days ago displayed a remarkable approximation of this, going through all the stages up to and including the mutual preening. Then they left. Consequently, describing what happens next is rather pointless.

5 comments:

J. "יהוא בן יהושפט בן נמשי" Izrael said...

You only wrote this because of the Kingfisher tin...

(I even forgot who makes it... Esoterica maybe?)

Spiros said...

Yet another part of the menagerie heard from...

The Big Little Tommy said...

I was sitting here job-hunting when I said to myself "hey, I wonder about THE MATING BEHAVIOUR OF THE ARENA KINGFISHER and lo and behold, my curiosity was satisfied.
Thank you so much Back, for satisfying that curiosity and breadking up an otherwise monotonous morning!

Anonymous said...

BOTHer, you need to tell us more about YOUR mating dance. Does it involve a pigeon-like waggle of the rumb, while hunkering over a dove?

Is it light and feathery? And hippity hop hop hop?

Interpretive dance: an ode to spring?


---Grant Patel

Anonymous said...

Kingfisher used to be made by Germain and Sons in Jersey for Esoterica of Butera. Now it comes from Denmark.


---Grant 'Occassionally-pipish' Patel

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