The above image shows a pair of Asian Koels (Eudynamys scolopacea) – the male on the right, feeding the female with a fruit. This is a typical ritual known as courtship feeding.
Erritzoe et al. (2007) define courtship feeding thus: “Feeding of the female by the male in a mated pair of birds during the pre-laying and laying periods (sometimes even later during the breeding cycle). Such feeding “may significantly add to the nutrition of the female during egg formation.”
27th April 2016
Erritzoe, J., K. Kampp, K. Winker & C. B. Frith, 2007. The ornithologist’s dictionary. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. 290 pp.
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