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Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. But hang on a minute, exactly how do birds mate? Well, most birds do things a bit differently from us humans. In most songbirds, even the equipment is different and uniquely adapted to the needs of the species. Like everything in nature, it’s fascinating stuff. Let’s take a closer look.

Most birds mate by a cloacal kiss. Male birds do not have a penis. Both male and female have an avian vent or cloaca. They mate by briefly touching cloacas so sperm can pass from male to female. Ducks, swans and most waterbirds do have penises and mate through penetration.wild

First of all, most birds are made differently to mammals. Males do not have penises, and from the outside male and female birds” sexual equipment looks the same.

Both male and female birds have a cloaca or avian vent. This is an opening just below the tail which lets sperm, eggs, faeces and urine out. And in the case of the female, lets sperm in.

Birds’ reproductive organs change during the year. As seasonal temperatures, light levels and food availability signal the start of the mating season the cloaca swells and expands.

Once breeding is done, the cloaca and other reproductive organs shrink to minimise weight for flying and migration.

How do birds mate?

Birds and mammals have very different reproductive anatomy. To begin with, it is difficult to determine from the outside which aspects of their anatomy are involved in reproduction. The reason for this is that birds have continued to use a system that they inherited from their ancestors the reptiles, in which a single orifice known as the cloaca or vent is used to expel feces, urine, eggs, and sperm.

In some birds, the cloaca has other additional functions. For example, overheated Inca doves can cool themselves by allowing the moisture in their cloacal lining to evaporate into the surrounding air. Furthermore, spry softshell turtles are among the reptiles that can remain submerged in water for extended periods of time by drawing dissolved oxygen from the water through their cloaca.

The Act of Mating

Bird courtship can be fascinating because of their stunning plumage, lovely songs, and graceful dances. However, there’s nothing particularly exciting about bird sex acts themselves.

Male birds have no penis, so there is no penetration. Birds mate with what is known as a cloacal kiss.

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From behind, the male balances on the female’s back to mount her. She twitches her tail to one side and arches her back. He stoops down, and their cloacas briefly come into contact. The male releases sperm during this fleeting contact, which enters the female.

In order to allow the birds to kiss each other multiple times on the cloacal membrane, which increases the likelihood of insemination, the delicate balancing act may take some time. According to scientific beliefs, only 1-2 percent of the sperm that ejaculate actually enters the female. So, quite a few kisses are probably needed.

After insemination, the female may begin egg production within a few days. Or it maybe months. She has the capacity to retain sperm inside her body until the ideal circumstances for nesting are met.

While some male songbirds will depart immediately after the sex act and not participate in nesting or raising chicks, the majority of our songbirds stay to nest and raise their young as a family.

So Are Birds Exclusive?

For one mating season, a year, or their entire lives, many birds do form pairs.

But this may not mean they are sexually exclusive.

Birds will mate multiple times during the season with various partners in order to ensure insemination.

As a result, the female may contain sperm from multiple partners when her body clock signals that it is time for her to begin releasing eggs. So the eggs she lays may have several different fathers.

It gets better. It is typical for female birds of the same species to lay their eggs in multiple nests due to the fact that their nests often resemble each other.

As a result, it is possible for two birds to raise some offspring that are not biologically related to either of them.

However, this doesn’t lead to any drama or “step chicks” being rejected.

So experts say that birds bond socially rather than sexually – it’s a feathered “open relationship.”

FAQ

Do birds penetrate when they mate?

Bird courtship may be fascinating with brilliant plumage, beautiful songs and impressive dances. But the sex act itself for birds is nothing to get excited about. Male birds have no penis, so there is no penetration. Birds mate with what is known as a cloacal kiss.

How do birds show they want to mate?

Courtship behavior can include things like food delivery, dance moves (displays), and mutual preening. In many cases, the most extravagant courtship displays belong to the species where males contribute little else to the relationship—think strutting grouse or dancing birds-of-paradise.

What do birds look for in a mate?

During these rituals, the male usually begins the courtship, showing off his best assets to females who assess his displays, song, and appearance to choose the fittest and most vigorous mate. Raising chicks is no joke for the female birds, better have good genes to maximise the chances to produce healthy nestlings!