The Ruff –
The Ruff is a special bird in a few ways. It’s one of the rare species where the males display more for each other than for females in order to establish a hierarchy. Also, they have three types of males who are different from each other in both looks and behavior.
The most common is the Territorial Male who is stronger and more aggressive towards other males of his own kind. He spends most of his time fighting and displaying.
The next is the Satellite male who is the same size of the territorial male but less muscular, more agile, and has much lighter, colored feathers. He doesn’t have a territory of his own but hangs out in the territorial male’s, sneak-breeding with the females. The territorial male tolerates this because the presence of a satellite male for some reason attracts more females.
And finally, there is the rare Faeder Male. He is smaller than the other males, looks more feminine, and like the satellite male have no territory. He also sneak-mates with the females, but will just as happily let the other males mate with him as well as top them. Originally people thought the other males confused him with a female, but closer studies have shown they are well aware of his gender. The stronger territorial male allows him in his territory because the high amount of homosexual activity attracts the females, and males who have topped or been topped by a faeder male is more lucky with the females. The faeder male will usually spend most of the summer with the females, and the winter with the males.
The females are incredibly promiscuous and while they usually prefer theater one, satellite to, and finally territorial as last, they always breed with all three types if they are available.