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Mate changes by black-bellied whistling ducks

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Delacour and Mayr (1945) suspected that whistling ducks (Dendrocygnini) kept the same mate for life. Bolen (1971) confirmed that Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) pairs remain together from year to year and reported one pair that had nested together for at least 4 yr. My recapture records of birds banded at nest boxes indicate that Black-bellied Whistling Ducks will pair again when their mate dies; here, I describe two occurrences in which both members of pairs obtained new mates, although their previous mates were still alive.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Mate changes by black-bellied whistling ducks
Series title:
The Auk
Volume:
100
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
2 p.
First page:
728
Last page:
729