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Male Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Andean Cock-of-the-rocks gather at a Lek
Photographer: Frank Wouters

A Lek is a communal display area used by male animals, particularly birds, during courtship. The same area is often used for many years.

Leks assemble before and during the breeding season, on a daily basis. The same group of males meet at a traditional place and take up the same individual positions on an arena, each occupying and defending a small territory or court. Intermittently or continuously, they spar individually with their neighbours or put on extravagant visual or aural displays.

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