Breeding and survival of Snares Cape Pigeons Daption capense australe at The Snares, New Zealand
|Title||Breeding and survival of Snares Cape Pigeons Daption capense australe at The Snares, New Zealand|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1996|
|Authors||Sagar, PM, Tennyson, AJD, Miskelly, CM|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||breeding chronology, Fulmarine petrels, Snares Cape Pigeon, Snares Islands, survival|
We studied Cape Pigeons Daption capense at The Snares, one of its northern most breeding sites, from pre-laying to fledging during 1985/86 and 1986/87, and compared our data with those from other localities. At The Snares, mean laying dates were 10 November 1985 and 8 November 1986, mean hatching date was 25 December 1985, mean fledging date was 14 February 1986, breeding success was 58.7% in 1985/86 and 50.0% in 1986/87, and adult male annual survival was 94%. Laying mainly begins later at higher latitude breeding sites and there are differences in pre-laying colony attendance between some populations. Incubation and nestling periods are similar throughout the species' range suggesting an inherent rather than environmentally-induced explanation for the relatively short nesting season of fulmars compared to other petrels.