Radial-eyed cradle robber.
Living, hunting and roosting on steep sloped mountain islands, the Radial-eyed cradle robber is a brightly colored carnivorous flyer. The cradle robber received its name do to its unique hunting strategy. While fully capable of hunting on the wing the cradle robber is not as agile or acrobatic as some of its prey items. Instead cradle robbers will stake out a nesting hole of its prey item and stick its longer toed right leg into the nest catching the defenseless chick or adult prey item. While the green trodger is a constant prey item, the migration of the radial-eyed dove, to their ancestral islands, is a major date for the radial-eyed cradle robber, as it marks the breeding season as well as abundance of prey. The smaller female cradle robber will occupy a once abandoned nesting hole. The male will return to feed and protect her. Yet a bizarre mating tactic is found in the younger smaller males. Unable to mate, due to dominance seniority, young males, prior to the arrival of females, will hide in alpha chosen holes. When an alpha male is cleaning out his chosen nest, the young male will grab hold of the alpha male and inject him with his penile stylet; upon insertion the stylet will release his sperm into the alpha male, mixing the genetic material. This behavior ensures that the young male will produce offspring, be it second hand. Be it an ingenious response by young males, alpha males will actively peruse young males for the same reason.