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Spoon-billed Sandpiper: Courtship

This video, shot during the first few days of a pair’s seasonal courtship, captures rarely witnessed courtship behavior, including an attempted copulation and a nest scrape display. Spoon-billed Sandpipers begin their courtship within days of returning to their breeding grounds. Males perform display flights over favored areas to attract females and establish territories. Once together, a pair becomes inseparable. They forage within earshot of each other, copulate frequently, and prospect for potential locations to nest.

Video includes commentary by the Cornell Lab’s Gerrit Vyn.
Filmed June 6, 2011, near Meinypilgyno, Chukotka, Russia.

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