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courtshipthose aspects of behaviour which involve displays and posturings in order to bring about copulation.
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.
see neurotic regurgitation.