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Secret of the birds: nearly 300 species fool foes the same way

A Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) is doing a broken-wing display to distract predators from its nest.

The semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) is one of many shorebirds that feigns injury to lure predators away from its nest. Credit: Chris Schenk/Buiten-beeld/Minden Pictures

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Nature 604, 11 (2022)



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