How do birds reproduce?

Answer

Birds reproduce sexually by mating and then depositing shelled eggs, which they incubate, hatch and rear. Birds produce sperm and egg cells just as mammals do, but most male birds lack a copulatory organ. Instead, birds mate through a process known as a “cloacal kiss.”

At the end of a bird’s reproductive, urinary and digestive systems lies a hollow chamber called a cloaca. This is true for both males and females. Near the time of mating, the males and females produce sperm and egg cells, respectively. These sexual cells make their way to the cloaca where they reside until mating. Mating is typically a quick phenomenon in which the male mounts the female and briefly presses her cloaca against his. This allow the sperm to transfer to the female’s cloaca.

Weeks later, the shelled eggs will be laid by the female. The female will usually incubate the eggs for a short time, although she may alternate with the male in some species. As the eggs hatch, the mother, father or both will care for them until they are mature enough to take care of themselves. Some birds mature quickly and are called precocial, whereas other take a long time to mature and are called altricial.

Q&A Related to "How do birds reproduce?"
How birds reproduce is an interesting fact to know. Birds lay eggs but there is more to the process and the species will determine how many eggs and the shape. You can find more information
http://www.ask.com/web-answers/Science/Biology/how...
birds reproduce by having little ones
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_bird's_reproduce
Turtles reproduce by having turtle tail sex. There reproductive organs are found in there tails. The boy mounts the girl, and they make a baby turtle, or turtles.
http://www.ask.com/web-answers/Science/Biology/how...
Eubacteria reproduce by binary fusion. The genetic material copies itself in a new position, then that area splits off from the rest, forming a new one.
http://www.ask.com/web-answers/Science/Biology/how...
1 Additional Answer
Ask.com Answer for: how do birds reproduce
Birds have a variety of courtship displays that are used to attract a mate. Once a mate has been obtained, the reproduction process begins. Many birds, but not all, are monogamous for at least the breeding season.
Mating usually involves the male pressing himself against the female in order to transfer his sperm via a structure called a cloaca.
Explore this Topic
Ducks are waterfowls belonging to the bird family and live either on land or in water. Communication in ducks is through quacking and cooing. Special calls and ...
The tarantulas reproduce the same way as other animals do. The bigger tarantulas can kill birds and lizards. A male tarantula releases semen and then the female ...
Bald eagles, like most birds, reproduce by laying eggs. They reach maturity around the same time their head and tail feathers turn white, usually when they ...
About -  Privacy -  Careers -  Ask Blog -  Mobile -  Help -  Feedback  -  Sitemap  © 2014 Ask.com