After a female kea initiates copulation by inviting play or being submissive, the male will feed her a regurgitated meal before mounting.

Kea copulation is often initiated by the female, who approaches the male and invites play or adopts a submissive posture and solicits preening. The male then feeds the female a regurgitated meal and mounts her.

Image | © Barni1, Some Rights Reserved, Pixabay
Sources | (del Hoyo, Elliott, Sargatal, Christie, & de Juana, 2017; Diamond & Bond, 1999; Tebbich, Taborsky, & Winkler, 1996; Williams, 2001)

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