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courtship

those aspects of behaviour which involve displays and posturings in order to bring about copulation.

courtship

paying attention to a member of the opposite sex with a view to mating; occurs in farm animals but is not highly developed other than estral display by the female and seeking by the male, activities that are rather more pragmatic than implied in the definition. In the much smaller mating groups that prevail in wild animals, fish and birds in the wild, courtship is often a very ritualistic and prolonged activity including changes in behavior and coloring aided by physical contact, and sometimes the preparation and use of a courtship pad, as in peafowls (peacocks) and Argus pheasants.

courtship feeding
see neurotic regurgitation.
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Jana Duggar, the oldest daughter of "19 Kids and Counting" alums Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, has never come out and announced a courtship, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from linking her to numerous men.
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The main objective of this work is to elucidate under what context females occupying retreats as in their natural habitat respond to male courtships and to discuss the possible function of these behaviors.
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The bulk of the study explores the courtships and engagements of the younger brothers, Harry and Robert.
In fact, in all the cases in which the females attacked and killed or injured males, we registered no previous courtships by the males.
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