Sequential Polyandry in Piping Plover, Charadrius melodus, Nesting in Eastern Canada

Diane L. Amirault, Jonathan Kierstead, Peter MacDonald, Larry MacDonnell


On Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, we confirmed that a banded female Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus melodus) produced two broods of chicks during the 2000 nesting season, the second on a beach approximately 2 km from the first. The female abandoned her second brood two days after hatching, leaving the male to complete brood rearing.


Piping Plover; Charadrius melodus; sequential polyandry; Nova Scotia

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