Title

Two Instances of Kleptoparasitism in Passerines

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

Kleptoparasitism among passerines is rare. We report two instances of kleptoparasitism, one with an adult Worm eating Warbler (Helmintheros vermivorus) acting as a kleptoparasite on a female Black and white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) and one with a male Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) acting as a kleptoparasite on a female Worm eating Warbler. In both instances parents were disturbed while feeding fledglings. This combination may occur infrequently, which would explain why kleptoparasitism is rarely observed among small passerines.

First Page

55

Last Page

57

Publication Title

Journal of Field Ornithology

Comments

At the time of publication, Christopher J. Kellner was affiliated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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