Fourth Meeting of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group
The Mountain Plover is a shorebird of conservation concern that breeds in disturbed areas of the Great Plains and Great Basin (Knopf and Wunder 2006). It has an uncommon mating system known as a “Rapid multi-clutch” where male and female plovers tend to separate nests.
In this system the male sets up a territory and displays to attract a female. After mating she lays a three-egg clutch and leaves. He incubates the eggs and tends to the chicks by himself. The female has the opportunity to mate with other males but ultimately she lays another three-egg clutch and cares for those entirely by herself.
Skrade, Paul D. B. and Dinsmore, Stephen J., "Egg volumes of male-and female-tended Mountain Plover clutches" (2011). Natural Resource Ecology and Management Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations. 8.