Display flightAn aerial part of courtship, involving one or both of a pair, in which a special mode of flying and distinctive call notes may be used. The butterfly flight of the Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula and the bat-like performance of the Greenfinch Carduelis chloris are examples of display flights.
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From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
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