Point of no return – absence of returning birds in the otherwise philopatric willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

Johanna Hedlund, Frida Sjösten, Kristaps Sokolovskis, Sven jakobsson

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The return of individual birds to a specific area in successional years, i.e. philopatry, is a remarkable behavioural trait. Here we report on the remarkably reversed: the complete absence of returning individuals of a migratory passerine with otherwise pronounced philopatry. At a high latitude study site in Abisko (68°32ʹN, 18°80ʹE) in northern Sweden none of the banded adult willow warblers Phylloscopus trochilus returned to breed 2011–2014. This is in stark contrast to all other reports in the literature and also to our two southern study sites (at 56°56ʹN, 18°10ʹE and at 58°94ʹN, 17°14ʹE) where 18–38% of adults returned. We investigated this aberrant pattern found in Abisko by analysing three parameters known to influence philopatry; nest predation, breeding success and breeding density, and predicted that absence of philopatry should co‐occur with low breeding success, low breeding density and/or high …
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)399-406
TidskriftJournal of Avian Biology
Volym48
Nummer3
DOI
StatusPublished - 2016 juli 21
Externt publiceradJa

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