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Breeding and Nesting Biology in Raptors

  • Luis Tapia
  • Iñigo Zuberogoitia
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Abstract

Raptors are limited by suitable breeding habitat, and they have specific nest-site requirements. Habitats of high quality presumably have the resources required to sustain relatively high rates of survival and reproduction. High-quality individuals would occupy territories of higher quality and would have greater fitness. Many birds may use their own reproductive success to assess the quality of their territories, and breeding failure would act as a determinant for dispersal, increasing an individual’s propensity to move to a better habitat. Food supply, nest-site availability, weather conditions and bird experience seem to act through the body condition of the female and are known to limit raptor populations. Quality of nesting territories and breeding success vary widely with different factors.

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  1. 1.Department of Zoology Genetics and Physical AnthropologyUniversidade de Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Estudios Medioambientales Icarus S.L. Icarus S.L. C/San VicenteBilbaoSpain

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