Story: Gannets and boobies

Courtship rituals

Courtship rituals

Gannets conduct a distinctive mating display. The two birds bow, point their heads skywards and preen each other. They usually form lifelong pairs and begin breeding at four or five years of age.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Gannets and boobies - Gannets: life history and feeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 June 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015