Reverse mounting, whereby the female mounts the male in mock copulation, has been reported for many bird species. In some of these, such as the Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis (Ortega-Ruano & Graves 1991) and various grebes (Nuechterlein & Storer 1989), this behaviour seems to be relatively common. 

Reverse mounting has not been widely documented for woodpeckers (Picidae) exce


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