Ariel Waning caput.
Classified as “periodic parents” a mating couple will build a single egg filled nest (up to 15 eggs) surrounded by empty decoy nests. eggs are buried in the soil and then covered with a mixture of sticky saliva and mud, formed by the parents head, which will harden and create a hard shell cover for the nest. The parents will have little to no interaction with the nest until the chicks are ready to hatch, where both parents will chisel away at the shelled nest to release the chicks.
Not true flyers AWC rely two factors. a launching pad (tree, rocks) or if grounded an arial bladder to become buoyant and a running start.
Nests can also become victims to the earth bound parasitic cousin, the Land Waning caput. carrion eaters the eggs are not prey to adults but to the chick. It’s specialized crest is used to gently pry the nest, she will then implant her egg to the nest. It will hatch weeks earlier than its victims and will survive upon them, waiting to be release but its surrogate parents. Both Land and arial caput chicks are completely independent once released from nest.