Mate desertion in the snail kite

@article{Beissinger1987MateDI,
  title={Mate desertion in the snail kite},
  author={S. Beissinger and N. F. Snyder},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1987},
  volume={35},
  pages={477-487}
}
  • S. Beissinger, N. F. Snyder
  • Published 1987
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Mate desertion during the breeding cycle was documented at 28 of 36 (78%) snail kite, Rostrhamus sociabilis nests in Florida between 1979 and 1983. Offspring mortality occurred at only one deserted nest, however. Parents that were deserted by their mates continued to care for their young until independence (3–5 additional weeks) and provided snails at a rate similar to that of both parents combined before desertion. Males and females deserted with nearly equal frequency, except in 1982 when… CONTINUE READING
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