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 Post subject: Re: BIRD BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR (RV)
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A Crowned Lapwing?
Saw something about it the other day.


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Yes, they are known to catch bats. But the lapwing is the biggest documented prey item yet.

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Amazing. Well done, PNF. :clap: :clap:

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Thank you!

Here's an "easy" one ( :twisted: )

The African Jacana is unusual amongst birds - why?

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The female leaves the nest after laying the eggs and the (poor) male has to do all the rearing of the chicks himself?

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I agree with OWN. (I would sue the hen for a divorce but hire a Coot to do the rearing.)

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And the female is polyandrous.

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Both OWN and Imberbe are right ( 50% each :) ) Not only does she leave the male to raise the chicks, she gets herself another partner and promptly does the same - clever girl :twisted:
So, whose turn is it now? :hmz:

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Fascinating foresight - a great way to increase the offspring rapidly. Now girls, don't get any ideas ... :naughty:

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What type of unusual behaviour does the Southern Carmine Bee-Eater exhibit?

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What type of unusual behaviour does the Southern Carmine Bee-Eater exhibit?



It sits on the back of a Kori Bustard and scoops up insects, scared by the bustard. Almost the same as Cattle Egret except that the Egret walks next to the cattle.

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How far am I from correct? :whistle:

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I appreciate your sharp response, Rooies; however, it's sometimes good to let others peruse and mull over the question, and let them contribute if they'd like. So, often good to let the question dangle for a day or two. I'll answer tomorrow.

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Rooies wrote:
onewithnature wrote:
What type of unusual behaviour does the Southern Carmine Bee-Eater exhibit?



It sits on the back of a Kori Bustard and scoops up insects, scared by the bustard. Almost the same as Cattle Egret except that the Egret walks next to the cattle.


Correct, Rooies. You're IT. :clap: :clap:

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Why is the Honey Buzzard able to raid the nests without being killed by by by the wasps?

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Nice Q, Rooies. :clap:

The honey buzzard's lower legs are covered with tough scales to protect against wasp stings (they dig up the nests of wasps that nest on the ground), while the facial feathers are short, dense and stiff to protect the face.

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