Divorce and asynchronous arrival in common terns, Sterna hirundo

  title={Divorce and asynchronous arrival in common terns, Sterna hirundo},
  author={J. Gonz{\'a}lez-Sol{\'i}s and P. Becker and H. Wendeln},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • J. González-Solís, P. Becker, H. Wendeln
  • Published 1999
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • We investigated which of three hypotheses (better option, incompatibility or asynchronous arrival) best explains divorce in the common tern. One partner did not return the next year in 18.5% of 150 pairs. Among the 106 pairs in which both mates returned, the divorce rate was 18.9%. We found no significant differences in: breeding performance or condition in relation to the probability of divorce; quality of previous mates and new mates, mean age in relation to pair bond status; breeding success… CONTINUE READING
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