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14 September 2021 Detailed description of the nest, eggs, and juvenile plumage of the Solomons Nightjar (Eurostopodus nigripennis)
Tina V. Guo, Stanton Mosah, Jenna M. McCullough, Devon A. DeRaad, Lucas H. DeCicco, Ikuo G. Tigulu, Roy Famoo, Jonathan Hobete, Lazarus Runi, Gloria Rusa, Alan Tippet, Twomey Ben, Karen V. Olson, Lukas B. Klicka, Robert G. Moyle, Michael J. Andersen
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Little is known of the natural history of the Solomons Nightjar (Eurostopodus nigripennis) due to its restricted range and reclusive nature. Here we describe the breeding biology of E. nigripennis based on nests found in the Western Province, Solomon Islands, between June and October 2019. Four nests were discovered on 3 small islands: Tetepare, Hehevai, and Nanakatopa; the latter 2 are first island records for this species. We observed all stages of the species' nesting cycle, from egg to post-fledging care of juveniles by adults, each with a single nestling (n = 4). We describe the eggs, nestlings, and juvenile plumage of the species with additional detail on nesting habitat and document new breeding locations in the Western Province.

Tina V. Guo, Stanton Mosah, Jenna M. McCullough, Devon A. DeRaad, Lucas H. DeCicco, Ikuo G. Tigulu, Roy Famoo, Jonathan Hobete, Lazarus Runi, Gloria Rusa, Alan Tippet, Twomey Ben, Karen V. Olson, Lukas B. Klicka, Robert G. Moyle, and Michael J. Andersen "Detailed description of the nest, eggs, and juvenile plumage of the Solomons Nightjar (Eurostopodus nigripennis)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 132(4), 1028-1034, (14 September 2021). https://doi.org/10.1676/1559-4491-132.4.1028
Received: 24 March 2020; Accepted: 22 February 2021; Published: 14 September 2021
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breeding biology
Caprimulgidae
Melanesia
post-fledgling care
Western Province
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