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Yeah i'm a country girl myself, nothing better than the countryside. And i'm afraid you are falling trap to what a lot of people do, just because they have seen a few examples they think it must be true.|
Of course you are a little right, females do have some choice, because if they didn't then the evolution would be driver by males, in birds who do not migrate this is true, in migratory birds then females. Or you know peacocks and their big feathers.
Nature does not allow for such a wide skewing, although nature is not a thing its processes, so what happens is that there is always a fight. So the females look for cues. An example again is birds, females will listen to the males and will breed with the males that have the best song because song has been showed to be a true show of fitness, as birds that are malnourished do not have good songs, etc. Also colour, which has affected birds due to pollution, especially blue tits.
So the females have a choice, but they are also influenced by the males, in canaries, when the male sings the females solicits immediately, if you go to a pet shop that has them go on youtube and play the song that female will display (the shop keeper may get annoyed), the female stops functioning and literally just puts her ass up.
The males are always trying to deceive the females and the females job is to know when they are being deceived, that is most of courtship. Actually on my final exam at uni, the question was "do males act parasitic to the females in terms of courtship and sperm competition" it was interesting to answer. The males are not "proving" themselves to the females. And even in monogamous species, there is a lot of sneak mating, actually like I mentioned before the sneak mates actually get more offspring because they spend more energy creating sperm so have bigger testes e.g. dung bettles.
In terms of some birds they can even keep and choose the sperm they prefer, maybe a trait due to sneak mating? Basically what I am saying is that I feel that people make assumptions from what they see (which is fair enough) but if you do not have the data to back it up, who knows you could just be watching an outlier, sometimes I was always taught, hence why we have to have so many test subjects.
Nature is survival of the fittest like I mentioned before, it's an evolutionary arms race, look up the red queen hypothesis ^_^.
I'm not saying females have no choices or that they make all the choices.
And I know you are speaking in general terms don't worry, just remember we want to pass on our genes so of course the evolution is directed towards picking good partners.