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Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds$
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Christine Ann Ribic and Frank Richard Thompson III

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273139

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273139.001.0001

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Patterns of Incubation Behavior in Northern Bobwhites

Patterns of Incubation Behavior in Northern Bobwhites

(p.77) Chapter Seven Patterns of Incubation Behavior in Northern Bobwhites
Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Jonathan S. Burnam

Gretchen Turner

Susan N. Ellis-Felege

William E. Palmer

D. Clay Sisson

John P. Carroll

University of California Press

Patterns of incubation and nesting behavior for many bird species have been difficult to observe due to logistical limitations. We assessed nest attendance patterns of northern bobwhites using continuous near-infrared video. Most nests were incubated by females;parents took only a single daily recess;and recesses occurred during midday to late afternoon (1200–1900 H).The number of recesses and the mean daily recess time was similar for hatched and depredated nests, and for males and females.Females initiated recess slightly later in the day than males. Recess length decreased later in incubation and increased as nesting season progressed. Video systems were a useful tool for observing and quantifying patterns of incubation behavior in a ground-nesting species with cryptic nests.

Keywords:   behavior, incubation, nest attendance, northern bobwhite, recess time

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