Do some animals develop gender-specific movements?

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Odd Arne Klinge

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Odd Arne Klinge  asked the Naked Scientists:

Humans have two main forms of movement, feminine and masculine. It's easy to spot and generally divided by sex. But I have taken notice that in the animal world this is not (always) the case. 

For example cats, I see all cats as feminine in their movement. Same with horses, dogs, giraffes, sheep, goats and numerous others. The only true masculine creature I can think of are all primates. Are the two types of movement we have, are they unique to primates?  And are we born this way or culturally become so?

Can also add that fish and birds also seem feminine to me.

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Do some animals develop gender-specific movements?
« Reply #1 on: 02/06/2011 00:36:26 »
Certainly many animals develop gender specific courting rituals.

I have noticed in cows and horses that one can often detect traits such as aggressiveness and wildness by the way they carry their heads, although perhaps not as much as a male/female differentiation.  However, one might find the males to be somewhat more vigilant than the females.