The flightless cormorant is just one more example of the fascinating wildlife native to the Galápagos. Their courtship starts in the water, then moves to land; it’s an interesting trade-off of rewards for each participant. Females build nests with gifts of seaweed and other flotsam brought them by the males. His “reward” is that 2-3 months after their eggs hatch, females typically abandon the nest to find a new mate, leaving him to finish the chick rearing.
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