Sprague's Pipit Incubation Behavior

Stephen K. Davis and Teslin G. Holmes

in Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780520273139
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520954090 | DOI:
Sprague's Pipit Incubation Behavior

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Understanding incubation patterns provides insight into the proximate and ultimate factors influencing this behavior. We used video recordings to quantify diurnal nest attentiveness during the incubation period in Sprague’s pipit.Incubation bouts ranged from 8 seconds to at least 2.5 hoursand recess bouts ranged from 6 seconds to at least 3.2 hours,with the majority of bouts lasting 5–20 and 5–15 minutes, respectively. Incubation boutswere longest in the early morning and evening and shortest in the late morning and afternoon. Our results indicate that pipit nest searches done in the early morning and evening have an increased chance of encountering an incubating female.

Keywords: behavior; incubation; incubation pattern; nest attentiveness; Sprague’s pipit

Chapter.  5004 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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