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Mate fidelity and breeding site tenacity in a monogamous sandpiper, the black turnstone

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Mate fidelity and breeding site tenacity in a monogamous sandpiper, the black turnstone; 2000; Article; Journal; Animal Behaviour; Handel, C. M.; Gill, Jr. , R. E.

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We examined the relationship between mate fidelity and breeding site tenacity during a 5-year study of the black turnstone, Arenaria melanocephala, a socially monogamous sandpiper breeding in subarctic Alaska. We tested the predictions of several hypotheses regarding the incidence of divorce and the benefits of fidelity to mate and breeding site. Interannual return rates to the breeding grounds (88% for males, 79% for females) were among the highest yet recorded for any scolopacid sandpiper, and 88% of returning birds nested on their previous year's territory. The annual divorce rate was only 11%, and mate fidelity was significantly linked to fidelity to territory but independent of sex and year. Males arrived in spring significantly [...]

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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1006/anbe.2000.1505
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