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A necrophilic copulation by a Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

Fulton, G. (2016) A necrophilic copulation by a Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus. Australian Field Ornithology, 33 . pp. 235-236.

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A Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus was observed copulating with a deceased conspecific on an offshore island, Penguin Island, in south-western Australia. The copulation lasted for c. 30 seconds, in contrast with the usually 3-10 seconds observed in this species. This unusual copulation may simply be the result of a strong breeding drive present in colonially nesting Bridled Terns.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Bird Observers Club of Australia (BOCA)
Copyright: © 2016, Bird Observers Club of Australia (BOCA).
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