Courtship displays are performed by animals seeking to advertise their willingness to mate, attract a partner and sometimes to warn off rivals. Famous examples include the dazzling display of a peacock's tail, and the elaborate dancing and acrobatics performed by birds of paradise. In monogamous animals, such as swans and albatrosses, the male and female often do a mutual courtship display, to reaffirm and reinforce the bond between them.

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