Little Tern behaviour

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Subject: Little Tern behaviour
From: "Darryl McKay" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 01:08:57 +1100
The adult Little Tern that was pecking a chick was definitely not its parent. It is common to see this behaviour when a chick comes to close to a nest or other chicks and on very rare occasions can result in death to the chick. As for the chick laying face down in the sand looking like it was dead, all chicks will do this when there is any kind of danger, remaining motionless until the danger has passed.

Darryl McKay


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