By Melissa Wynn











Although monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom there are a few species that pick a mate and stick with them at least “until death do they part.” The poster birds for fidelity, the noble bald eagles remain faithful to each other until one dies. Recent studies of DNA from the feathers of other eagle species support the idea that monogamy is the norm among raptors. Swans are also rumored to have what it takes to keep the love alive. They can be seen floating serenely along, heads together creating the very symbol of Valentines Day, the simple heart. Colorful love birds, turtle doves, often seen at weddings, and some species of parrots are just a few more of our feathered friends dedicated enough to be lovers for life. Maybe love is for the birds.

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