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1 June 2012 Multiple Male Feeders at Nests of the Veery
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We present the first documentation of nestling care by multiple male feeders at nests of the Veery (Catharus fuscescens) in a Mid-Atlantic Piedmont forest in northern Delaware. This is only the second confirmation of this behavior in a Nearctic-neotropical migrant songbird. Five of six nests (83%) were attended by a male that concurrently fed nestlings at a second or third nest. Three of six nests (50%) were attended by one female and two males. No females were observed at more than one nest. We monitored >140 Veery nests at our study site since 1998, and believe the dense breeding habitat and single-brooded nature of the Veery have inhibited our ability to confirm this behavior prior to 2011. Our data suggest this behavior is widespread in our study population.

Matthew R. Halley and Christopher M. Heckscher "Multiple Male Feeders at Nests of the Veery," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124(2), (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1676/11-120.1
Received: 25 July 2011; Accepted: 1 November 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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