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American woodcock winter distribution and fidelity to wintering areas

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Abstract

We examined winter distribution and fidelity to wintering areas for the American Woodcock (Scolopax minor), which exhibits reversed, sexual size dimorphism. Band-recovery data revealed no difference in winter distributions of different age/sex classes for woodcock from the same breeding areas. Similarly, band recoveries from woodcock banded on wintering grounds revealed no difference in fidelity to wintering sites. Males may winter north of a latitude that is optimal for survival based on physiological considerations, but they gain a reproductive advantage if they are among the first to arrive on the breeding grounds. This may explain our results, which indicate males and females have similar distribution patterns during winter.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
American woodcock winter distribution and fidelity to wintering areas
Series title:
Auk
Volume
107
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
745-749
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Auk
First page:
745
Last page:
749
Number of Pages:
5