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How do the birds find a mate of the same species?

Answer: Just as with all other species, the birds’ instincts and hereditary genes determine that they can only mate with birds of their own species. When birds search for a mate and form couples before the breeding season it is mainly the male’s song that attracts the female. The strength and size of the male is also an important factor, as the female instinctively chooses the best mate to produce the best offspring.
Another factor is appearance. More often than not it is the prettiest plumage with the brightest colours that attracts the female. Generally speaking the senses play a major role in helping to decide the female’s choice of mate: hearing, sight (also UV sight plays a role) and the bird’s sense of smell. In the bird world it is the male who plays the suitor and the female who chooses her mate.