Western North American Naturalist
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Brigham Young University
Animal Sciences | Life Sciences | Poultry or Avian Science | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
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.
Mountain Plover, shorebirds, breeding ecology, nests
Western North American Naturalist 74(1), © 2014
Stinson, Lani T. and Dreitz, Victoria J., "Within-Season Nest Reuse by Mountain Plovers (Charadrius Montanus) in Eastern Colorado" (2014). Wildlife Biology Faculty Publications. 83.