Occurrences of cooperative breeding in the masked lapwing vanellus miles

Lees, Daniel, Weston, Mike A., Sherman, Craig, Maguire, Grainne, Dann, Peter, Cardilini, Adam P. and Tan, Laura 2013, Occurrences of cooperative breeding in the masked lapwing vanellus miles, Victorian naturalist, vol. 130, no. 2, pp. 84-85.

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Title Occurrences of cooperative breeding in the masked lapwing vanellus miles
Author(s) Lees, Daniel
Weston, Mike A.
Sherman, Craig
Maguire, Grainne
Dann, Peter
Cardilini, Adam P.
Tan, Laura
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 130
Issue number 2
Start page 84
End page 85
Total pages 2
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0042-5184
Summary The Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles is a common ground-nesting shorebird inhabiting grasslands, paddocks, rivers, lakes, swamps and, tidal mud flats. It is particularly common in the urban areas of Phillip Island, Victoria (Dann 1981, Marchant and Higgins 1993). The Masked Lapwing usually lays between one and four eggs (the mean number of eggs per clutch of this study was 3.6 ± 1 SD) that hatch after 31 days. Both sexes incubate eggs, brood young and defend the eggs and young. Masked Lapwings produce precocial and nidifugous chicks that remain with the adults on defended territories until fledging (Marchant and Higgins 1993, Thomas 1969). The chicks are able to feed themselves within hours of hatching and rely on their parents only for protection (alarm signals) and warmth (brooding) (Marchant and Higgins 1993). Here we report three instances of likely co-operative breeding of Vanellus miles on Phillip Island between 18 July and 13 September 2012.
Language eng
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 960812 Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055289

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Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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