With their curved necks entwined into the shape of a heart and possessing the rare trait in the animal kingdom of only one mating partner for life, or monogamous, swans have grown to become a universal symbol for love. This link provides different courtship rituals from different species of swans. These courtship rituals include variations of mating dances and mating calls as well as synchronized swimming. Once the courtship is completed, swans stay together for a lifetime. This is mostly due to the benefits of being together outweigh being alone or mating with different swans every season. Click on the link to learn more about the mating behaviors of swans and benefits of having only one partner.
In this link, scientists prove that mice are capable of intellectual growth with cheerios. The scientists placed one Cheerio under wooden shavings that smelled like licorice. Other scented wood shavings such as clove, thyme, and fruit. The mice learned that the scent of licorice will lead them to the cheerio through trial and error. Using a technology known as 2-photon laser scanning microscopy, the researchers are able to take pictures of the growth in brain activity. The mice that received Cheerios without having to find the rule showed no brain growth.
While hummingbirds are one of the smallest birds in the world, their migration path span over hundred and even thousands of miles. Unlike other aviation species such as geese, these small birds travel alone. This link provides factors of how hummingbirds decide the right time to migrate to a place with a warmer climate. These factors include the amount of daylight and angle of the sun relative to the bird's location, food population, gender, age, etc. While traveling in flocks have its benefits, hummingbirds are much better off traveling alone due to its small size. Click on this link to find out more about specific species of hummingbirds, their migration habits, as well as the benefits of traveling alone
Imprinting is a rapid learning process by which a newly born animal establishes a behavioral pattern and recognize its parents. Many birds such as geese and ducks do not recognize its own species when it is hatched. They believe they are whichever animal larger than itself they see during hatching or shortly after and learn to behave and act in that animal's way. In this video, the ducklings imprints on Christian Moullec and believes that he is the mother duck. They will follow him and learn the basic skills of being a duck through a human. Christian teaches him to look out for predators, swim, and even took extreme measures to fly with the baby geese. Part 2 of the video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2HA6_Z6YFM