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Competitive abilities of oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) occupying territories of different quality

Bruinzeel, Leo W.; van de Pol, Martijn; Trierweiler, Christiane


In territorial species, habitat heterogeneity results in some individuals occupying poor quality sites while others occupy high quality sites. Floaters (mature nonbreeders) may accept a low quality territory, because it is the best they can get and defend ('inferior phenotype hypothesis'), or because it is a strategic alternative for a high quality territory in the long run ('queue hypothesis'). Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus territories differ consistently in the amount of offspring...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Ornithology
DOI: 10.1007/s10336-005-0037-1


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