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Breeding phenology and moult of the endemic Bannerman's Weaver Ploceus bannermani

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The breeding phenology and moult cycle of the vulnerable and range-restricted Bannerman's Weaver Ploceus bannermani was studied on the Obudu Plateau in the eastern region of Nigeria. The peak breeding season was between August and October; a major cause of breeding failure was egg predation by children. The estimated start date of moult for the average bird was 21 August (SD 39.2 d), with 95% of birds starting moult between 11 June and 30 October, estimated duration of moult was 159 d (SD 7.1 d), and the estimated end date of moult was 27 February. Our results indicate there is an overlap between breeding and moult.
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Keywords: Obudu Plateau; Ploceus bannermani; Underhill–Zucchini models; breeding; moult

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, PO Box 13404, Jos, Nigeria

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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