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European Journal of Wildlife Research

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 675–678 | Cite as

New data on mortality, home range, and dispersal of red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa) released in a mountain range

  • Jesús Duarte
  • Miguel Ángel Farfán
  • J. Mario Vargas
Short Communication

Abstract

We tested the success, dispersal, and home range of 20 radio-tagged farm-reared red-legged partridges that were released into typical Mediterranean scrubland on a coastal mountain in southern Spain. Partridges were kept in two acclimatization pens separated by 1 km for 4 weeks. Mortality was 25% during the first 10 days, 51.9% at the end of the second month, and stopped by the 14th week after release. The overall survival rate was 20.6%. Mean dispersal distance was 832 m; home range (MPC 95%), 16.6 ha; and activity centers (Kernel 60%), 15.1 ha. Two released females paired with wild males and one of them successfully nested.

Keywords

Partridge Restocking action Success Survival Territory size 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesús Duarte
    • 1
    • 2
  • Miguel Ángel Farfán
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Mario Vargas
    • 2
  1. 1.Biogea ConsultoresMálagaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Biología Animal, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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