This bizarre wading bird is so unique that it has its own family. As the name suggests it primarily eats crabs but it is perhaps its breeding behaviour that really makes this species stand out. Crab Plovers nest in burrows where a large single egg is laid. The egg is often left for long periods without an incubating adult in attendance and it seems that residual ground heat in the burrow enures continuing egg development. When the egg hatches the youngster is initially unable to walk (unlike other wader chicks) and so is fed by both parents.
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