The Killdeer, Charadrius v. vociferus Linnaeus, in the breeding season: ecology, behavior, and the development of homoiothermism

TitleThe Killdeer, Charadrius v. vociferus Linnaeus, in the breeding season: ecology, behavior, and the development of homoiothermism
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1959
AuthorsBunni MK
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages348 pp.
UniversityUniversity of Michigan
CityAnn Arbor, MI
KeywordsVERTEBRATES
Abstract

This study of the Killdeer in the breeding season involved three major aspects: first, an ethogram of the breeding birds, including behavior patterns and ethological interpretation; second, the ecology of nesting, especially the location of nests and choice of nest materials; and finally, the behavior of young and their development, with particular consideration of thermoregulation. The field work was carried out in Michigan in the breeding seasons, 1955-57. Thirty-nine nests with eggs were found, and one after the eggs had hatched, as well as many incomplete nests and pits. Numerous pairs and young were studied. Summaries and conclusions are grouped here under the headings used in the text. Vocalization, Courtship display and copulation, Nests--location, construction, and materials, Eggs and their care, Behavior of young and parental care, Development of homoiothermis in young killdeers, Behavior toward intruders.