Are any Animals Truly Monogamous?

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Monogamous primates:

Image Credits

Fairy Wren
Photo by: Wikimedia user benjamint444

Ducks
Photo by: Jörg Hempel

Swans
Photo by: Richard Bartz

Parrots
Photo by: Riza Nugraha

Male Fairy Wren
Photo by: Patrick_K59

Female Fairy Wren
Photo by: Patrick_K59

Peacock
Photo by: Simone Zuffanelli

Siamangs
Photo by: Daniel Ramirez

Gorillas
Based on photo by: Wikimedia user No escape