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1 September 2001 Swallow-tailed Kites Carry Passerine Nests Containing Nestlings to Their Own Nests
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During 1995–2001, I documented 20 instances of Swallow-tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus) carrying nests containing nestlings of six passerine species to their nests or roosts adjacent to kite nests in the Pearl River Basin (Mississippi and Louisiana) and Atchafalaya River Basin (Louisiana). This parental behavior is adaptive because it reduces time away from the nest, which reduces the amount of time that nestlings are left unguarded against avian predators. Nest carrying also reduces the amount of energy expended to transport prey to offspring, and may diminish loss of prey to kleptoparasitism.
and Jennifer O. Coulson "Swallow-tailed Kites Carry Passerine Nests Containing Nestlings to Their Own Nests," The Wilson Bulletin 113(3), (1 September 2001). https://doi.org/10.1676/0043-5643(2001)113[0340:STKCPN]2.0.CO;2
Received: 20 November 2000; Accepted: 1 October 2001; Published: 1 September 2001
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