Monogamous West Norfolk bird wins a second partner
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Staff monitoring the behaviour of the birdlife in the Fens have spotted a particularly amorous individual residing in the washes.
Black-tailed godwits are usually monogamous birds, but one particular male has surprised researchers with an unusual trait – he has managed to win the affections of two female partners.
It is the first time the behaviour has been noticed at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's Welney Wetland Centre near Downham Market.
Experts claim the male in question could be trying the tactic this summer as the numbers of black-tailed godwits breeding in the UK are at precarious levels.
And the approach seems to be working. Between the three of them, they have successfully produced chicks – although exactly how many, and by whom, is not clear.
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Louise Clewley, warden at WWT Welney, said: 'It's been a really exciting time for me as this is the first time I have seen godwit chicks and I am now anxiously awaiting the day that they fledge. If we get to that stage with this generation we will have added to the UK population by 18pc, which is incredibly important for the future of this species.'
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