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head-tossing display


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1 A courtship display in some birds (e.g. gulls) in which a male and female walk side by side, repeatedly jerking their heads up and down, while uttering soft calls.

2 A courtship display in some birds (e.g. kittiwakes, Rissa tridactyla) in which the female moves her head up and down repeatedly; this causes the male to regurgitate food.

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