Mate Guarding by Curlew Sandpipers (<i>Calidris Ferruginea</i>) during Spring Migration in North Siberia
Keywords:Animal behaviour, Animal migration, Bird nesting, Sandpipers, Sibiryakova Island, Russian Federation
It is poorly known whether arctic-breeding shorebirds form pairs before or after arrival at the breeding site. We describe the display and mate-guarding of curlew sandpipers Calidris ferruginea at at stopover site in high arctic Siberia, suggesting that in this species pairs may be formed before the birds reach their final nesting localities.
Key words: shorebirds, mate guarding, migration, curlew sandpiper, Calidris ferrugineu, Siberia