Did you know rockhoppers are monogamous? A penguin proposal involves picking out the nicest rock, stick or available object and offering it along with the promise of shared parenting duties. Males make the nests, which are grass- or pebble-lined scrapes on the ground or in small caves between boulders. A good nest is vital to attract a female and even though rockhoppers are migratory, many will return to the same nest each year. A bachelor may have to fight for his nest location and then will call out to the females to let them know he’s on the market. If a female is interested, she’ll call back. To bond, there are joint dance rituals and movements. Vote for the rockhopper penguin at Bird of thr Year www.birdoftheyear.org.nz or link in thd bio.
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