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The paradox of spoonbill migration: most birds travel to where survival rates are lowest

Authors
  • Lok, Tamar
  • Overdijk, Otto
  • Tinbergen, Joost M.
  • Piersma, Theunis
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Accepted Date
Jul 06, 2011
Volume
82
Issue
4
Pages
837–844
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.07.019
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Highlights ► Winter site fidelity of Eurasian spoonbills strongly increases with age. ► Spoonbills are highly faithful to their wintering area after the first year of life. ► Adult spoonbills winter further away from the breeding grounds than juveniles. ► Unexpectedly, most spoonbills winter in the area where survival is lowest. ► Potential explanations for this unexpected result are discussed.

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