Filial cannibalism at a House Finch nest
We report on a female House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) eating one of her own eggs from a clutch of six on the 3rd day of incubation. This observation is a confirmed case of filial cannibalism in the egg stage. The reason for this behavior is unknown, but we suggest and discuss three possibilities: (1) an idiosyncratic response to human disturbance, (2) removal of a damaged egg from the nest, and (3) facultative brood reduction in the egg stage.
Gilbert, William M.; Nolan, Paul M.; Stoehr, Andrew M.; and Hill, Geoffrey E., "Filial cannibalism at a House Finch nest" (2005). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1981.