When courting a mate, males of some species, such as Banded Kingfishers, bring females a gift such as food. These offerings, known as “nuptial gifts,” can form or strengthen pair bonds by indicating a male’s ability to provide for future offspring.

This video accompanies Chapter 9, Avian Mating and Social Behavior, Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd Edition from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Wiley Publishing.

Recorded by Justin M Hite, Macaulay Library

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