Category: Charadriidae

Nest defence by Lapwings : observations on natural behaviour and an experiment.

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Science Article 2 abstract Lapwings Vanellus vanellus are ground-nesting waders and they protect their nests by aggressively attacking predators near their nests . We investigated the response of parents to natural predators and a dummy Hooded Crow Corvus [corone] cornix during the incubation period. First, we investigated whether the presumed value […]

Mating pattern and mate choice in the Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Science Article 12 abstract We investigated the mating behaviour of Lapwings in a Hungarian grassland between 1992and 1994. 80% of males were monogamous and 20% were polygynous (n=59 males).Polygynous males acquired two females (primary, secondary) that laid one clutch each on themales’ territory. A. Liker and T. Szekely, Ornis Hungarica 8-9: […]

aerobatic components in the song-flight display of male Lapwings Vanellus vanellus as cues in female choice.

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Science Article 4 abstract The song-flight of male Lapwings was studied on a farmland area in western Norway in a population with a high incidence of polygyny. On the basis of video recordings individual performance of song-flight display was scored and correlated against attractiveness. The males were rated by their performance […]

Do northern lapwings Vanellus vanellus and little ringed ploversCharadrius dubius rely on egg crypsis during incubation?

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Science Article 11 abstract We studied the possible role of clutch crypsis in antipredator behaviour in tworelated species of ground-nesting waders with camouflaged eggs, the northern lapwing (Vanellusvanellus) and the little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius). We examined whether this behaviourappears regularly in both species and tested the difference in the use […]

Climatic change explains much of the 20th century advance in laying date of Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus in The Netherlands

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Science Article 1 abstract Long time series allow us to look back in time and examine how birds responded to changes in their environment. During the second half of the 20th century, not only did Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus experience an increase in spring temperatures, their meadow habitat also changed dramatically […]

Comparative diurnal and nocturnal diet and foraging in Eurasian Golden Plovers Pluvialis apricaria and Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus wintering on arable farmland.

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Science Article 6 abstract Knowledge of diet and intake rates is a useful first step in understanding the distribution and behaviour of foragers. The diet of Golden Plovers and Lapwings feeding on arable farmland has been rarely studied. Yet these species increasingly occupy this habitat in winter. They are known to […]

Ageing and sexing the curonicus subspeciesof the Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Science Article 3 abstract Data presented here concern the curonicus subspecies of the Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius and are based mainly on information from Central Europe and Africa gathered duringthe breeding, migration and wintering periods. Therefore these criteria should be applied to other Little Ringed Plover subspecies or curonicus […]

Ageing and sexing the curonicus subspeciesof the Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Science Article 3 abstract Data presented here concern the curonicus subspecies of the Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius and are based mainly on information from Central Europe and Africa gathered duringthe breeding, migration and wintering periods. Therefore these criteria should be applied to other Little Ringed Plover subspecies or curonicus […]

Provision of nest cages to reduce little ringed plover Charadrius dubius nest predation at Welney, Norfolk, England

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Science Article 2 abstract At a site in eastern England, wire mesh cages were placed over little ringed plover Charadrius dubiusnests to protect their eggs from predation. The adult birds continued incubating their eggs and no nestdesertions were attributed to cage placement. Protection with cages resulted in an increase inproductivity, […]

Provision of nest cages to reduce little ringed plover Charadrius dubius nest predation at Welney, Norfolk, England

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Science Article 2 abstract At a site in eastern England, wire mesh cages were placed over little ringed plover Charadrius dubiusnests to protect their eggs from predation. The adult birds continued incubating their eggs and no nestdesertions were attributed to cage placement. Protection with cages resulted in an increase inproductivity, […]