European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) male (on top) jumps on the

female’s back to mate.

She will let him to do so, if she got enough food from him as a “courtship gift”. Count starts again after each mating…

It might sound weird at first, but it is absolutely rational: she is building eggs from those gifts full with #protein!

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