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Wild Love Stories; Merlins, Magical Love

Posted on: Feb 10, 2021 / News / 0 COMMENTS















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Wild Love Stories

Magical Love

By Maya Cheav

You may have heard of Merlin the warlock, but the Merlin falcons (Falco columbarius) came first! Though their wizard counterpart possesses the ability of magic, Merlin birds have somewhat similar mystical powers in the realm of love!

Photo by @chefitophoto

During courting, male Merlins will exhibit a technique called “power flying,” which uses deep wing beats and flying side to side in a rolling motion, in an attempt to enchant a female mate. The males will also engage in “flutter flight,” where they fly slowly, using shallow wing beats, flying in the shape of circles or figure eights. When the male lands next to the female they want to mate with, they will bow their heads and fan their tails in a dramatic gesture to charm the female.

One other entrancing display of flight includes diving in deep U-shapes. When a female chooses the male bird that has put her under his spell, the two will take flight, high up in the air, and “high circle,” which marks their territory together. The females will also request food and the male will bring prey to her. The pair will also engage in nest displays, and the mates will bond over one or two months before they lay their eggs. Bewitching!

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