WONDER #2522: Why Do Some Animals Use Mating Calls?

Question 1 of 3

This Wonder was mostly about...

  1. how experts know that animals never feel love.
  2. why bats listen for the mating calls of katydids.
  3. mating calls and other practices animals use to find a mate.
  4. what love feels like.

Question 2 of 3

Which of the following is NOT a common mating practice for animals, according to this Wonder?

  1. Throwing rocks
  2. Mating calls
  3. Gifts of food
  4. Showing off

Question 3 of 3

Which is the BEST evidence that some animals use their mating calls to fool possible mates?

  1. “Bats have been observed listening for the mating calls of katydids. This lets them learn their prey’s location.”
  2. “Some male lions, elephants, and red deer lower the pitch of their mating calls on purpose. A deeper voice makes females think they’re larger.”
  3. “Many creatures—including nursery web spiders and hanging flies—use food to attract a mate.”
  4. “Male bowerbirds show off their usefulness by building beautiful towers of sticks.”

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