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January 29, 2015

13 Animals and Birds that Mate for Life

Thursday Thirteen

As a romance author, I believe in happy relationships and happy endings. I live them everyday while write and reading my books. While some humans are monogamous, there is an equal number of those who cheat or move on to another partner for one reason or another.

The other day I was thinking about this and wondered what other animals or birds mated for life.

Thirteen Animals and Birds that Mate for Life

1. Swans

2. Wolves, which makes the werewolf the perfect hero/heroine in a romance novel.

3. Penguins

4. Gibbon Apes

5. Barn owls

6. Brolga cranes

7. Pigeons

8. Cockroaches

9. Bald Eagle

10. Termites

11. French Angel fish

12. Royal NZ Albatross

Albatros Colony

13. Atlantic puffin

Like humans there are exceptions with the above birds and animals, but generally the creatures in this list stay with the same mate throughout their lives.

You already know I adore a happy ever after story. When you read a book featuring romantic elements, do you enjoy cliffhanger endings, or do you like all the plot strands to tie up and the characters to walk off into the sunset together?


  1. CountryDew

    I will never look at a cockroach the same way again.

    Endings should wrap up all loose ends. That doesn’t necessarily mean happy, but there should be no doubt left in the reader’s mind.

  2. kezzela

    amazed in some cases

  3. Forgetfulone

    I’d rather not think about cockroaches, LOL, but birds and fish (and wolves) seem to know something we humans don’t!

  4. Colleen

    Cockroaches and termites surprise me. I think some humans do.

  5. Mia Jo Celeste

    Grin. It’s great to know some loves last. Although I can’t see termites as being particularly romantic.


  6. Alice Audrey

    I’m with you on the werewolf thing. Wait, termites mate?

  7. Mary Kirkland

    I didn’t know that about termites.
    Cliffhangers drive me insane. When I read a book I want there to be a beginning, the middle and an ending. A real ending not a cliffhanger.

  8. Heather L

    Who knew termites and roaches mated for life? *Shudder*

  9. The Gal Herself

    I found this very heartening and romantic. Thanks for sharing.

    (So cockroaches are less commitment phobic than some of the men I’ve dated. This is going to take me a moment to absorb.)

  10. Carol Kilgore

    It depends on the story. Sometimes I really enjoy being able to tie up some ends for myself.

  11. Maria Zannini

    Okay, the cockroaches surprised me.

    I’m such a stickler for tidiness. No loose ends for me unless it’s written in such a way that it creates a segue for the next book.

  12. Shelley Munro

    Cockroaches and termites surprised me too. Quite different from bees evidently.