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1 May 2000 AN UNUSUAL TYPE OF SIBLING AGGRESSION IN BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS
Matthew J. Medeiros, Emily E. Emond, Bonnie J. Ploger
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Abstract

Sibling aggression varies with brood size, nestling age disparities, and food characteristics. We observed feeding and fighting within two broods of Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) in Minnesota. In one nest, on two different days, a senior chick swallowed the head of its smallest sibling, immobilizing it until it seemed near death. Occasional fights also occurred in this nest only. Senior chicks in both nests gained more food than juniors. We discuss possible functions of head-swallows, including how this behavior, as well as fighting and other factors, may have enhanced the feeding advantage of seniors.

Matthew J. Medeiros, Emily E. Emond, and Bonnie J. Ploger "AN UNUSUAL TYPE OF SIBLING AGGRESSION IN BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS," The Condor 102(2), 438-440, (1 May 2000). https://doi.org/10.1650/0010-5422(2000)102[0438:AUTOSA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 20 May 1999; Accepted: 1 January 2000; Published: 1 May 2000
KEYWORDS
Black-crowned Night Heron
head swallows
Nycticorax nycticorax
prey size
sibling aggression
sibling competition
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