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Love Is In The Air: 4 Birds with Incredible Mating Rituals

Dating is an art, not a science, and nobody knows it better than these birds!

1. The Galapagos Albatross

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After months spent at sea, the largest birds of the Galapagos participate in a lengthy and complex series of dance moves when they return to their intended partner. Despite the fact that albatrosses mate for life, that love comes with conditions -- a comprehensive combo of bowing, crowing, chattering and relentless bouts of beak fencing (exactly what it sounds like). Still, it's better than Tinder.

2. The Bowerbird

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The Australian bowerbird is an interior decorator, with a specialty in bachelor pads (or "bowers"). Each male creates a structure of meticulously arranged sticks and brightly colored scavenged items which serve as gifts, both natural (flowers, berries, leaves) and man-made (plastic bits, coins, glass), to entice a mate. Some of them even grind up berries to paint the bower walls -- whatever it takes to win the bird version of Design Star!

3. The red-capped manakin

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When these striking feathered flirts gather to show off for the ladies (in a group that's called a "lek"), they post up on a branch. Pretty standard, right? Just wait: The manakin's signature move is a flamenco-moonwalk hybrid that transforms the branch to a long skinny dance floor. Shuffling, snapping, and scuttling his way into the ladies' hearts, the manakin is a perfect fit for an all-bird revival West Side Story.

4. The Sandhill Crane

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It appears that the secret to successfully mating for life is, as we always suspected, karaoke duet chemistry. Sandhill cranes participate in "unison calling," a synchronized vocal duet that affirms their pair bond and, along with some fancy footwork, nails down their status as the Faith Hill and Tim McGraw of the avian kingdom.