The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: April 16, 2020
The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates

It's true that the majority of animals tend to not have any kind of loyalty towards their partners after mating. Even so, nature surprises us with breeds of animals that form lifelong bonds. Learn about the animal world with the 10 animals most faithful to their mates.

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Parakeets are social animals that can feel lonely and sad when they have no company. It is one of the most faithful animals to their partner. They need a partner alongside them in their cage in order to be happy, and once acquainted, they won't leave each other's side. The death of a companion or partner is terrible for the parakeet as many may suffer from extreme anxiety.

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The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Parakeet


Beavers are monogamous animals that it will stay faithful until their mate dies. Both parents work together, maintaining the nest, creating large burrows, and supporting each other in order to survive.

When they reach adulthood, young beavers leave the colony to form a new one. However, when there is a shortage of food, beavers will remain with their family waiting until food is more copious. Even when they do become independent, it has been observed that beavers don't move far away from their parents when they are establishing a new colony.

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Beaver

Yellow Crested Penguin

In the summer, yellow crested penguins return to the place where they were born in order to meet a suitable partner to form a faithful and lifelong couple. Those who are already paired up return to Antarctica to the exact spot where they last nested. In fact, yellow crested penguins can be very aggressive if they see another penguin trying to seduce their partner. They have a very peculiar yet intimate ritual, and after mating, they take care of the eggs.

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Yellow Crested Penguin


Swans are animals that live in pairs. In the winter months, they are known to already be in heat. When they meet a potential partner, swans swim near one another and perform special neck movements. Once the eggs are laid, it is the female who takes care of them, although the male usually replaces her on occasion.

They are very faithful to their breeding territory, and can be aggressive to other swans and even to humans if the swans are domestic. They form long-term relationships with their partner, and even after death, they never seek another partner again.

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Swan


Gibbons are a type of monogamous primate that form lifelong bonds with each other. For them, this is an advantage that optimizes their resources, and lowers the amount of energy they use when protecting their territory, among other reasons. They spend their days together, sharing resources and caring for their offspring.

Gibbons are among the animals that have the strangest courtship rituals in the world. Take a look!

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Gibbon

Gray Wolf

Gray wolves live in packs where there is an alpha male and an alpha female, who are usually the only ones who mate and breed. Wolves are tremendously faithful to their mate and would die guarding their small puppies.

Here you can discover all about the gray wolf's diet and hunting habits - there is real teamwork involved in their family dynamics!

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Gray Wolf

French Angelfish

The scientific name of the French angelfish is Pomacanthus paru. This marine fish is notable for its loyalty to its mate. Although they do not care for their small fry once they have hatched, French angelfish mates live together forever and defend each other from attacks from other fish. Even within a fish tank where they are the only inhabitants, these beautiful angelfish still keep this territorial role.

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - French Angelfish


Owls are faithful birds and they remain monogamous to their partner, not only in breeding season, but all year round. They both work together in the care and feeding of their young. Owls are also very protective, and mothers often lose their lives in an attempt to protect their young, sometimes against predators that are double or even triple their size.

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The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Owl

Bald Eagle

The national symbol of the United States of America, bald eagles mate for life with their partner. Bald eagles choose to be faithful until death, or until there is a problem of impotence. They build the nest together and take turns in caring for their offspring, providing heat or looking for food. The young eagle chicks remain in the nest for a while until they can fend for themselves. This process is extended if there are bad environmental conditions.

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Bald Eagle


It may sound strange, but some types of termites are also species that deserve a place on this list of the animals most faithful to their mates. After courtship has begun, termites look for a place to reproduce and thrive. If successful, they will create a new colony and become King and Queen and if not, they die.

The 10 Animals Most Faithful to Their Mates - Termite

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David Haley
Just to add, the Peregrine Falcon and falcons in general are also very monogamous and form strong bonds with their mates.
I'm sorry, but that are not even beavers... I guess prairie dogs.
Administrador AnimalWised

Thanks for point this out, we have changed the photo!
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