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  • I believe eagles mate for life. +3
  • Doves do.
  • Cardinals. They are like old married couples. I have a pair that have been mates forever. Each spring, they build their new nest together. The male gathers food for his mate and feeds her, when she is pregnant.
  • Almost all!
  • love birds do and they grieve without the other one.
  • Canada Geese
  • Canadian Geese, American Bald Eagle, Swans geese, most hawks, eagles and falcons, most parrots, albatrosses, ravens, pigeons and doves, Most of the bird population will mate for life
  • "Golden Eagles"
  • Penguins mate for life
  • Swans, Geese, Doves, Ducks
  • Birds that may mate for life are swans, geese, most hawks, eagles and falcons, most parrots, albatrosses, ravens, pigeons and doves, and more. But some of these will find a new mate if one of the dies and some may also occasionally 'cheat'. And through DNA testing of chicks, they do find that often, even though a pair is bonded for 'life', hens do get bred by other males quite often. But the pair do stay together and raise the chicks. There are more birds that are monogamous species than not, though some species switch mates more often than others. Most migratory songbirds find a new mate every year. Relatively few bird species are polygamous (males mate with many females), and just a few are polyandrous (females mate with many males).
  • Birds that are stuck in a zoo and have no choice, no matter what their breed is.
  • Hawks, Love birds and penguins.
  • "It might be a treasured value in many human cultures, but monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom at large. Of the roughly 5,000 species of mammals, only 3 to 5 percent are known to form lifelong pair bonds. This select group includes beavers, otters, wolves, some bats and foxes and a few hoofed animals. And even the creatures that do pair and mate for life occasionally have flings on the side. Some, like the wolf, waste little time finding a new mate if their old one dies or can no longer sexually perform. Staying faithful can be a struggle for most animals. For one, males are hardwired to spread their genes and females try to seek the best dad for their young. Also, monogamy is costly because it requires an individual to place their entire reproductive investment on the fitness of their mate. Putting all their eggs in one basket means there’s a lot of pressure on each animal to pick the perfect mate, which, as humans knows, can be tricky. Because of recent revelations from animal studies, scientists now distinguish between three different types of monogamy: Sexual monogamy is the practice of having sex only with one mate at a time. Social monogamy is when animals form pairs to mate and raise offspring but still have flings — or "extra-pair copulations" in science lingo — on the side. Genetic monogamy is used when DNA tests can confirm that a female's offspring were sired by only one father. For humans, social and sexual monogamy usually go together, but this isn't always the case with other animals. For example, an estimated 90 percent of all birds are socially monogamous, living and raising young together, but many frequently have sex with other partners. One famous experiment found that female blackbirds paired with sterilized males were still laying eggs that hatched. The females couldn't chirp their way out of that one. Also, animals once regarded as exemplars of faithfulness, such as gibbons and swans, are now known to cheat, abandon and even "divorce" one other, just like humans." Source and further information: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15815748/ http://news.softpedia.com/news/Monogamy-is-an-Oddity-42006.shtml Further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monogamy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monogamamous_pairing_in_animals - "Sexual fidedlity in the animal kingdom ": http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=355226
  • A discussion of whether birds mate for life has to begin by having an understanding of what we mean by the term "mating for life". For some, having a mate for life means, marriage for 50 - 60 years, partner passes, and surviving mate lives with fond memories until death. Never to partner with another. Even this is open to interpretation, intent needs to be considered. Does not the widow/widower plan for a lifelong partnership even if the spouse passes prematurely? Does a new partnership negate the intent of the first? If mating for life means one partner in a lifetime to you, then there are few birds that fit into this category. Those birds that do fit this category are the ones that die, as the surviving bird will attempt to find a new mate. Some within the same nesting season. Others will forage for food through the breeding season, joining flocks in the fall. Still, others will help feed and raise the young of other pairs, but all will attempt to find a new mate. Most of our North American birds do not mate for life. Rather, most pair bonds are formed for a single season. Those birds that pair for a season are referred to as monogamous pairs. Monogamy is one male bird with one female bird through a single nesting cycle. The pair may stay together raising a single brood and then change partners for a second brood in the same season. Still they are considered monogamous. Other pair bonds may be formed and last over several seasons. Doves, Robins, and others are on this list. Oftentimes, these birds are considered as mating for life. Even though their average life spans may range from a year and a half to several years. Despite whether they mate again after one dies. When we speak of birds and monogamy, we are not referring to faithfulness. First year mortality rates are very high with regards to our small songbirds and reproduction is a primary goal. The truth is, DNA evidence points to a high percentage of promiscuity. Many females lay clutches that are determined to be from different males. This in turn suggest males may breed with more than one female even though a pair bond may have been formed with another female. Several large birds are considered as mating for life. Among them are: swans, geese, eagles, and some owls. Why birds mate for life is not as romantic as one may wish. When you consider the time needed to migrate, establish territories, incubation and raising young, you'll realize that the extra time and energy needed for attracting a mate would minimize reproductive time. The Bald Eagle for example, spends just over a month incubating the eggs and 2 1/2 to 3 months raising their young in the nest. Establishing lifelong pair bonds works to their advantage. Whether this adaptation evolved over time or always has been, I do not know.
  • The Carolina Wren is one example. A male and female of the species will form a life-long pair bond, and they will forage and move around the territory together.

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