The Trials of Life

Episode 11 - Courting. This episode surveys the methods employed in attracting a mate, mainly those of birds. The Indian florican inhabits long grass, and so is difficult to see. In order to gain attention, it 'trampolines' in the same spot for up to 400 times a day. Whales sing to their prospective partners, and the female's calls can be heard by suitors for over eight kilometres. When animals send out signals of attraction, they must also ensure that they don't entice the wrong species, and so have markings that differ prominently. Attenborough highlights the booby as an example: there are around half a dozen species, all of which may occupy the same island.

Episode 11 - Courting

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Episode 01 - Arriving
Episode 02 - Growing Up
Episode 03 - Finding Food
Episode 04 - Hunting and Escaping
Episode 05 - Finding the Way
Episode 06 - Home Making
Episode 07 - Living Together
Episode 08 - Fighting
Episode 09 - Friends and Rivals
Episode 10 - Talking to Strangers
Episode 11 - Courting
Episode 12 - Continuing the Line