In the spring, puffins perform their courting rituals out at sea..

They have a whole range of very showy rituals.

To attract females, the males:
- swim in noisy groups;
- flick their heads backwards;
- rise up and flap their wings.

Touching bills and bills to necks is mainly a way of reinforcing bonds between partners.

Puffins mate quite discreetly. They may sometimes make attempts near the nest, but most of the time they actually mate at sea.

The first video is from our ecosystem; the second was shot in the wild.

In the spring, puffins perform their courting rituals out at sea..

They have a whole range of very showy rituals.

To attract females, the males:
- swim in noisy groups;
- flick their heads backwards;
- rise up and flap their wings.

Touching bills and bills to necks is mainly a way of reinforcing bonds between partners.

Puffins mate quite discreetly. They may sometimes make attempts near the nest, but most of the time they actually mate at sea.

The first video is from our ecosystem; the second was shot in the wild.

© Biodôme de Montréal, 2005. All rights reserved

A pair of Atlantic puffins

A pair of Atlantic puffins

Biodôme de Montréal

© Biodôme de Montréal, 2005. All rights reserved


Courting rituals

Courting rituals

Biodôme de Montréal

© Biodôme de Montréal, 2005. All rights reserved


Courting Rituals

Courting Rituals

Biodôme de Montréal

© Biodôme de Montréal, 2005. All rights reserved


Mating

Mating

Biodôme de Montréal

© Biodôme de Montréal, 2005. All rights reserved


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Learn more about the ecosystems in the Americas;
  • Observe the diversity that each ecosystem offers regarding the flora, fauna as well as climate;
  • Identify the elements that shape different ecosystems, such as vegetation, wildlife, soil, etc.;
  • Develop different causes and consequences of human actions on ecosystems (from grade 4);
  • Formulate and justify possible solutions on issues, such as global warming, in order to preserve our ecosystems and biodiversity on Earth (from grade 6).

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