Hector Douglas assistant professor of biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been researching crested auklets, small black and grey seabirds, and their love lives.
Hes discovered that the birds rub a citrus-like scent on one another during courtship, which makes their hormones go cuckoo.
The ritual could be considered necking since the birds rub their odor all over their mates face and neck.
Romance doesnt end there for auklets.
Theyre largely seabirds, but they retreat to romantic Alaskan islands to breed in the spring and summer.
And the male auklets sure know how to woo a gal.
Douglas says males make a trumpeting call to let lady birds know theyre on the market.
He explains, Its a self-advertisement call. Theyre saying, Im here!
But luckily, male auklets arent feathered players.
To Douglas knowledge, a stable partnership is formed through breeding, and auklets remain monogamous.
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