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What gifts do you anticipate this season? A feather, a fish or perhaps a dead bee? If you were a bird you would be thrilled with these presents. During courtship many species of birds exchange gifts of food or nesting material including pebbles and seaweed. Check out this gallery so see more examples of romantic avian offerings!
Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) mating, male presents female with froghopper bug food gift before mating, Powys, Wales  -  Richard Becker/ FLPA
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80046101 Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) mating, male presents female with froghopper bug food gift before mating, Powys, Wales© Richard Becker / FLPA
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) giving fish to partner, Nunspeet, Netherlands  -  Ernst Dirksen/ Buiten-beeld
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00537856 Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) giving fish to partner, Nunspeet, Netherlands© Ernst Dirksen/ Buiten-beeld
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adult pair, courtship feeding, male giving fish to female, Finland, may  -  Harri Taavetti/ FLPA
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80094244 Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adult pair, courtship feeding, male giving fish to female, Finland, may© Harri Taavetti / FLPA
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adult pair, courtship feeding, male giving stickleback to female in food pass, Shetland Islands, Scotland, June  -  Bill Coster/ FLPA
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80151261 Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adult pair, courtship feeding, male giving stickleback to female in food pass, Shetland Islands, Scotland, June© Bill Coster / FLPA
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adult pair, courtship feeding, male in flight, giving fish to female standing on fencepost during food pass, Reykjanes, Iceland, August  -  Paul Miguel/ FLPA
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80179709 Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adult pair, courtship feeding, male in flight, giving fish to female standing on fencepost during food pass, Reykjanes, Iceland, August© Paul Miguel / FLPA
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult pair, breeding plumage, with weed offering, in courtship display on water, River Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, April  -  Dickie Duckett/ FLPA
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80189515 Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult pair, breeding plumage, with weed offering, in courtship display on water, River Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, April© Dickie Duckett / FLPA
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult pair, breeding plumage, with weed offering, in courtship display on water, River Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, April  -  Dickie Duckett/ FLPA
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80189517 Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult pair, breeding plumage, with weed offering, in courtship display on water, River Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, April© Dickie Duckett / FLPA
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult pair, breeding plumage, with weed offering, in courtship display on water, River Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, April  -  Dickie Duckett/ FLPA
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80189518 Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult pair, breeding plumage, with weed offering, in courtship display on water, River Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, April© Dickie Duckett / FLPA
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) with courtship gift pebble given before trading duties with mate, South Georgia. Sequence 6 of 10.  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00534242 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) with courtship gift pebble given before trading duties with mate, South Georgia. Sequence 6 of 10.© Hiroya Minakuchi
Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift  from male,   Mayenne, France
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90777604 Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift from male, Mayenne, France© Eric Medard
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) pair exchanging fish in mating ritual, Belgium  -  Martin Steenhaut/ Buiten-beeld
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00531027 Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) pair exchanging fish in mating ritual, Belgium© Martin Steenhaut/ Buiten-beeld
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) placing gift pebble on nest before trading incubation duties with mate, South Georgia. Sequence 7 of 10.  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00534243 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) placing gift pebble on nest before trading incubation duties with mate, South Georgia. Sequence 7 of 10.© Hiroya Minakuchi
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male offering prey to female, Bulgaria  -  Otto Plantema/ Buiten-beeld
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00537891 European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male offering prey to female, Bulgaria© Otto Plantema/ Buiten-beeld
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) female accepting fish prey as courting gift from male, Netherlands  -  Franka Slothouber/ NIS
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00541259 Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) female accepting fish prey as courting gift from male, Netherlands© Franka Slothouber/ NIS
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) pair exchanging fish during courtship, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany  -  Thomas Hinsche/ BIA
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00542497 Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) pair exchanging fish during courtship, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany© Thomas Hinsche/ BIA
European Roller (Coracias garrulus) male offering prey as courting gift to female, Spain  -  Ruurd Jelle van der Leij/ Buiten-beeld
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00541722 European Roller (Coracias garrulus) male offering prey as courting gift to female, Spain© Ruurd Jelle van der Leij/ Buiten-beeld
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male presenting female with a food gift as part of a courtship ritual, Hungary  -  John Gooday/ NIS
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00544300 European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male presenting female with a food gift as part of a courtship ritual, Hungary© John Gooday/ NIS
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) offering partner rock for nest, Antarctica
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00562508 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) offering partner rock for nest, Antarctica© Otto Plantema/ Buiten-beeld
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) pair courting with male offering fish to female, Schoorl, Noord-Holland, Netherlands  -  Do van Dijk/ NiS
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70038623 Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) pair courting with male offering fish to female, Schoorl, Noord-Holland, Netherlands© Do van Dijk/ NiS
Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift  from male,   Mayenne, France
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90777602 Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift from male, Mayenne, France© Eric Medard
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male presenting Bumblebee (Bombus sp) prey as courting gift, Hungary
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00552268 European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male presenting Bumblebee (Bombus sp) prey as courting gift, Hungary© John Gooday/ NIS
Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) male giving nesting material gift to female, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00480122 Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) male giving nesting material gift to female, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) presents mate with ceremonial nest building gift, Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140918 Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) presents mate with ceremonial nest building gift, Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) male passing dragonfly to female during courtship, Danube Delta, Romania
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00561241 Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) male passing dragonfly to female during courtship, Danube Delta, Romania© Ingo Arndt
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) pair in courting display, Bass Rock, Scotland, United Kingdom  -  Jiri Slama/ BIA
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00525673 Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) pair in courting display, Bass Rock, Scotland, United Kingdom© Jiri Slama/ BIA
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) pair in courtship, male passing female a hornet, Biebrza, Poland  -  Grzegorz Lesniewski/ NIS
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00435516 Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) pair in courtship, male passing female a hornet, Biebrza, Poland© Grzegorz Lesniewski/ NIS
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair passing weeds in courtship display, Saxony, Germany  -  Oliver Richter/ BIA
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00527928 Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair passing weeds in courtship display, Saxony, Germany© Oliver Richter/ BIA
Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) endemic courting pair snake-necking and exchanging nest-building gifts, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141678 Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) endemic courting pair snake-necking and exchanging nest-building gifts, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Nazca Booby (Sula granti) carrying rock as part of courtship display, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00574325 Nazca Booby (Sula granti) carrying rock as part of courtship display, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) presenting food during courtship, Pleven, Bulgaria  -  Winfried Wisniewski
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70046928 European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) presenting food during courtship, Pleven, Bulgaria© Winfried Wisniewski
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