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Love is in the air, and you know what that means. Whether they're skipping across the water, showing off their plumage or performing dances, birds put on spectacular courtship displays.
Red-crowned cranes (seen here and above) are known for their carefully orchestrated courtship dances.
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The couple that dances together stays together, and these sandhill cranes put on a lively show.
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Clark's grebes skip across the water in this courtship display called "rushing."
Great crested grebes approach one another with weeds in their bills.
A male bee-eater shows off for a female, complete with an insect offering.
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Bee-eaters engage in courtship feeding, which helps keep the female healthy so she can lay her eggs.
The male satin bower bird creates a beautiful nest display to charm the female. These birds often use colorful items found near the nesting site.
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The courtship display between black-browed albatross pairs falls somewhere between a playful sparring match and a snuggle.
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Roseate spoonbills dance with each other atop a high branch on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
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The male lesser florican leaps from the monsoon-soaked grasslands, a bold movement that says "Here I am!"
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The breeding plumage of male great egrets may not match the vibrant peacock's, but it's certainly impressive.
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The male grey crowned crane dances, jumps, spins and bows to impress its mate — and what a lovely moment when she finally accepts him!
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A Barrow's goldeneye skips across the water as he chases a beloved female.
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During breeding seasons, great bustards look impressive with their puffed-out chests and fluffy feathers.
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Much like the albatross pairs, gannets will shake their heads and rub beaks with one another as part of their courtship.
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