Within-season nest reuse by mountain plovers (Charadrius montanus) in Eastern Colorado

Lani T. Stinson, Victoria J. Dreitz

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    Abstract

    The Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) is a declining migratory shorebird that nests on shortgrass prairies across the western Great Plains. This ground-nesting species exhibits an uncommon split-clutch mating system, in which each member of a pair simultaneously incubates a nest and uniparental care continues throughout brood-rearing. We report on an observation of within-season nest reuse in this species. To our knowledge, this report includes the first documented occurrence of 2 different Mountain Plovers using the same nest cup in the same breeding season. Nest reuse could represent a time- and energy-saving strategy for renesting individuals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-132
    Number of pages3
    JournalWestern North American Naturalist
    Volume74
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2014

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