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Formation and growth of new seabird colonies: the significance of habitat quality

  title={Formation and growth of new seabird colonies: the significance of habitat quality},
  author={S. Dean Kildaw and David B. Irons and David R. Nysewander and Charles Loren Buck},
  journal={Marine ornithology},
Colonial breeding is a specialized form of group living in which individuals raise offspring in densely aggregated territories that contain no other resource than a breeding site (Wittenberger & Hunt 1985). This breeding system is widespread among vertebrates, occurring in fish, reptiles, mammals and birds (Rolland et al. 1998), and is the principal form of social organization for 98% of marine bird species (Wittenberger & Hunt 1985). Colonial breeding is a unifying characteristic of seabirds… 

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