Little evidence for sympatric speciation in island birds.

  title={Little evidence for sympatric speciation in island birds.},
  author={Jerry A. Coyne and T. Douglas Price},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  volume={54 6},
It has been suggested that the presence of sister species in small circumscribed areas, such as isolated lakes or islands, might imply that these species originated sympatrically. To investigate this possibility in birds, we searched for endemic, congeneric species on isolated islands in the ocean. Among 46 islands and small archipelagos chosen because they contain at least one species of endemic land bird, we identified seven pairs of endemic congeners (excluding flightless rails). Of these… CONTINUE READING

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