Territory settlement in common loons: no footholds but age and assessment are important

  title={Territory settlement in common loons: no footholds but age and assessment are important},
  author={Walter Piper and John N. Mager and Charles Walcott and Lyla Furey and Nathan Banfield and Andrew Reinke and Frank J. Spilker and Joel A. Flory},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Many animals face the task of locating and settling on a territory where they can produce offspring. Over the past 36 years, theoretical and empirical studies have provided growing support for the ‘foothold hypothesis’, which attempts to explain territorial settlement of long-lived animals. The hypothesis maintains that a young prebreeder lives within or intrudes into a cluster of breeding territories, accumulates site-dependent dominance there, then outcompetes other prebreeders for a… Expand

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