Intimidating animals list
In tournament species, most members of the competing sex never win the competitions and never mate, but almost all members of the other sex do mate with the small group of winners.
Tournament species are characterized by fierce same-sex fighting.
An example of wooing-style courtship display is the nest a male bowerbird builds to attract females.
Other animals, such as fiddler crabs, advertise the size of their enlarged claw to intimidate their rivals.
In other instances, species may exhibit territorial display behaviour, in order to preserve a foraging or hunting territory for its family or group.
A third form is exhibited by tournament species in which males will fight in order to gain the 'right' to breed.
Most species fall on a continuum between tournament species and pair-bonding species.
1) are solitary and secretive animals rarely seen in the wild.
The Papuan big men would stage elaborate feasts to show the extent of their influence and power.
In these cases, using a display behavior that allows the animal to estimate the opponent's fighting ability, may save the costs and risks of fighting an unnecessary battle.
Examples of this behavior may be found in the world of beetles, birds, mammals and more.
The potlatches of the Pacific Northwest were held for much of the same effect.
Tournament species in zoology are those species in which members of one sex (usually males) compete in order to mate.