You know that spring is in the air when you hear the sweet sounds of birds chirping and fluttering by budding flowers. Did you know that those songs are a part of courtship? Or that the fluttering can be a part of intricate mating dances that only birds recognize? It’s true. Birds give it their all during mating season, typically every spring. Find out more about how birds mate and who to call if you require the removal of a bird’s nest in Montreal.
How Do Birds Know When To Mate
Like most other wildlife, birds are programmed with information on when to mate and how to mate.
Nature Lets Birds Know
Each spring, the snow begins to melt. As water supplies increase, birds can replenish their hydration stores depleted during extended bouts of daily torpor during the winter. Nesting materials are uncovered from blankets of snow, and food is more readily available. When these signs from nature appear, birds begin to exhibit their own signs to let each other know they are ready to mate.
Birds Let Other Birds Know
As birds spring back into health from the slowness of winter, they begin a change. Flocking birds will separate from one another and seek out partners individually or within the group, but no longer as a flock. Birds do not appreciate infiltration during mating season, especially by other males. The songs you hear birds chirping are part of claiming territories to let others know to steer clear. The other part of the purpose of birdsongs is to attract mates.
Birds will build nests and claim their territory, warding off other birds who seek to do the same. Birds are notorious for building nests in some of the worst and most trafficked areas, such as:
- Door wreaths
- Door trim
- Flower beds
How Do Birds Find a Mate
Aside from their chirping songs and debatable homebuilding skills, birds thankfully have other ways of attracting mates.
- Flight patterns
- Bright and colourful plumage
- Courtship dances
- Delivery of nesting materials
- Delivery of food
- Pecking on the head
How Do Birds Mate Montreal
After a few pecks on the head, a grub or two, and a bouquet of nesting materials, who wouldn’t be wooed into mating? It gets birds every time. Birds have a unique process of mating that can take some time and the addition of a few other partners in some cases.
The first thing you need to know is that male birds do not have that typical male organ. Surprise! Male and female bird genitalia look precisely the same from the outside. Both male and female birds have a cloaca, also known as an avian vet. Birds are differentiated by their plumage colors rather than lifting tail feathers, as is commonplace with other animals.
During mating season, the cloaca swells to prepare for mating and, once complete, shrinks back to a standard size to help with retention. Females can often retain sperm without being fertilized until conditions are optimal. During mating, the male bird and female bird touch cloacas, known as the cloacal kiss. The male mounts the female and balances on her back, releasing sperm into her cloaca. She may or may not be inseminated during this time.
Because insemination is so tricky, a balancing act if you will, birds often mate with many other partners during the mating season. However, this does not mean that they bond with many different partners, as birds bond socially rather than sexually. Male birds may stay with female birds for nesting and rearing or occupy their own nest for the remainder of the season.
For best results, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control for bird nest removal in Montreal or surrounding areas.