First observations of Australian Sarus Crane Antigone antigone gillae pairs attending three young and the incidence of three-egg clutches in the Brolga A. rubicunda

  title={First observations of Australian Sarus Crane Antigone antigone gillae pairs attending three young and the incidence of three-egg clutches in the Brolga A. rubicunda},
  author={Elinor C. Scambler and John D. A. Grant and Naomi Holmes},
  journal={Australian Field Ornithology},
Clutch-size in gruine cranes is consistently two. Clutches of three eggs are very rare, and records of adults supporting three young even more so. We report two observations from the Atherton Tablelands, far north Queensland, of pairs of Australian Sarus Cranes Antigone antigone gillae accompanying three juveniles. Their ages and the behaviour of the groups suggested family relationships. These are the first observations implying that Australian Sarus Cranes may raise three young, and are more… 

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