Q. How do birds have sexual intercourse? A. Parents have supposedly explained human reproduction to children in terms of the birds and the. Yet the observation holds true; birds with large testes for their body size invariably have extraordinary mating systems. The Dunnock Prunella. Sure, birds can fly, but how do they have sex? Can they do it in the air? And where do they keep their reproductive organs? For humans to.
Most birds do not have the same reproductive body parts as mammals. Instead, both male and female birds have a cloaca. This is one opening. For a strange sexual history, it's hard to beat birds. In some lineages, bird penises have evolved to spectacular lengths. Ducks, for example. How does a bird come out of an egg that's the size of a jelly bean? How do the eggs get fertilized? Or more importantly, do bird's have sex?
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Tiny projections called papillae protrude from the back walls of the male's sperm sacs into his cloaca. These are brought into contact with the opening of the female's oviduct, or egg tube most female birds have only one that works , and the sperm is released to fertilize the eggs.
Ornithologists usually describe the contact as a ''cloacal kiss. Log In. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. It happened as my roommate and I were getting ready for work, so we actually got to witness the baby pecking and stretching out of the egg. It was quite amazing. This concern got my roommate and I thinking. How does that whole process work? How do the eggs get fertilized? So after some intense pondering, I decided to do some research and get some answers.
OK, so now I knew a little more and felt a little better just knowing that the deed is actually done. The second Google entry confirmed Robert was correct, but offered a little more information. Answers take the floor from here. The female also has a cloaca that leads from the ovaries. The female bird unfans her tail, moves it to one side while the male climbs up onto her back or gets close to her. Their cloacas are pressed together and the sperm moves from the male to the female.
This act is called a cloacal kiss. The sperm is stored by the female for at least a week, in some species over a hundred days. Then as each ovum from the ovary moves into the oviduct, it gets fertilized with the stored sperm, producing a clutch of many eggs, all with the sperm from that one cloacal kiss. There are a few species of birds where the males do possess a retractable penis that can be pulled back into the bird. These birds include ostriches, cassowaries, kiwis, swans, geese and ducks.
Since waterfowl sometimes make love while in the lake or pond, the penis helps ensure that the sperm is not washed away by the water.
Sperm can be transferred from male cloaca to the female in a blink of an eye — less than a second. Some birds seem to want to linger longer though, sometimes having sex for more than an hour!
And, although it is not necessary to copulate frequently, since the sperm is stored within the female, remember those hormones are still making the birds excited. Many pairs of birds will mate numerous times within a few days. Interesting stuff, right? Thanks to Mrs. And my roommate and I got to see the miracle that Mrs. Bird and Mr. Bird created as baby broke loose from the shell.