n African Journal of Herpetology - Predation on the eggs of ground-nesting birds by (Linnaeus, 1758) in the moist highland grasslands of South Africa

Volume 62, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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We provide evidence for predation by the Common Egg-eater () on the eggs of three species of ground-nesting birds, namely African Pipit (), Cape Longclaw () and Common Quail (). Although egg-eaters have been recorded as egg predators of several bird species in the wild - including a few other ground-nesters such as lapwings, francolins, sandgrouse, gulls and terns - we present the first evidence of such predation in the Mesic Highveld Grassland Bioregion of South Africa.

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