Survival of breeding oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus.

U. N. Safriel, M. P. Harris, M. D.L. Brooke, C. K. Britton

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Mean annual survival was 0.902. The reasons for the slight, but significant, annual differences over 14 yr were unknown. Most mortality occurred away from the breeding area. Age had no significant effect on survival. Breeding had no adverse effects on the chances of a bird returning the next season; conversely, birds that did not lay had a reduced chance of surviving. A pool of mature non-breeders buffered the population against fluctuation in survival rate. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-877
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Animal Ecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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