PAPER: Predation by Common Egg-eaters2013-07-15 (390)
Bates MF, Little IT. 2013. Predation on the eggs of ground-nesting birds by Dasypeltis scabra (Linnaeus, 1758) in the moist highland grasslands of South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology online
Abstract. We provide evidence for predation by the Common Egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra) on the eggs of three species of ground-nesting birds, namely African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus), Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) and Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix). Although egg-eaters have been recorded as egg predators of several bird species in the wild - including a few other ground-nesters such as lapwings, francolins, sandgrouse, gulls and terns - we present the first evidence of such predation in the Mesic Highveld Grassland Bioregion of South Africa.
Weaver species that have been predated by egg-eaters, but not listed in the above paper, are:
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