Mating pattern and mate choice in the Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Science Article 12


We investigated the mating behaviour of Lapwings in a Hungarian grassland between 1992and 1994. 80% of males were monogamous and 20% were polygynous (n=59 males).Polygynous males acquired two females (primary, secondary) that laid one clutch each on themales’ territory.

A. Liker and T. Szekely, Ornis Hungarica 8-9: 13-25. 1999

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