An international team of scientists studying shorebirds, led by the University of Bath, has found that successful plover parents are more likely to divorce after nesting than those that did not successfully breed, in contrast to most other bird species which tend to split up after nest failure.
The researchers studied the mating behaviour of eight different species of Charadrius plovers, covering 14 populations in different locations across the world.
These shorebirds tend to lay 2-4 eggs per nest and can have up to four breeding attempts per season. MORE
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