The South African Bird Ringing Unit

Ringing birds around Africa!


Breeding biology, mating system and demography

Researcher/s: Robert Thomson, Anthony Lowney, Carina Nebel, Narhulan Halimbekh & Tamas Szekely

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Species: Kittlitz's Plover (Charadrius pecuarius)
Location: Berg River Estuary, Kliphoek Saltworks, Western Cape, South Africa
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Running From: September 2020 - onwards
Ring Type: Legring: 3 colours per bird OR Legring: 1 letter 2
Colour Combination: 3 colours per bird plus SAFRING. OR SAFRING plus 1x black ring with white alphanumeric code e.g. K12

This project will provide monitoring of the species to gain valuable information on the breeding and demography of these shorebird populations. It will evaluate the mating system variation in the population at this site to determine whether it is linked to sex ratios, demography or other environmental/life history factors. Families will be followed from courtship to fledging to analyse the change in behaviour, parental care and divorce rate. Resightings obtained from the colour-ringed birds will be used to study movements in these species.