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Behaviour

Breeding behaviour:

Birds in England (2005)

  • Patterson (1982)
    • Males defend feeding territories
    • Several females can lay in the same nest
    • Breeding success is lowest in the most crowded colonies
  • Pienkowski & Evans (1982)
    • Pairs that nest on their own are more productive
    • Nest parasitism, egg dumping, and chick predation are less of a problem for these birds
  • After hatching, the young are taken to feeding areas
  • Creches of up to 100 young may form, attended by a few of the parents
  • Other adults leave to travel to moulting sites in July
Created 16/12/03
Last Modified 19/6/05