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Is cooperative breeding in Brown Skua ( Catharacta skua lonnbergi ) on the Chatham Islands habitat-forced?

TitleIs cooperative breeding in Brown Skua ( Catharacta skua lonnbergi ) on the Chatham Islands habitat-forced?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsYoung, EC
JournalNotornis
Volume41
Issuesup
Pagination143-163
Type of Articlepaper
Abstract

Brown skuas (Catharacta skua lonnbergi) on rangatira (south east) and mangere islands in the chatham islands group were studied over a period of 14 years (1978/79 to 1992/93 breeding seasons) to determine factors promoting cooperative breeding in this population. The size and composition of the breeding population and overall breeding success were remarkably stable. No significant differences in breeding success, density of territories or periods of individual occupation in different places on these islands were demonstrated that would demarcate optimal and marginal breeding habitat. Neither could it be demonstrated that the islands were saturated by breeding birds as required for a habitat-forced origin of cooperative breeding.

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