The Wilson Bulletin
The Wilson Ornithological Society
Biology | Life Sciences
We found male-biased site fidelity in Pacific Golden-Plovers (Phviah fulva)
on breeding grounds in western Alaska. Males (8 of 8) returned to the same territories annually, while few females (1 of 4) were seen in subsequent seasons. Nest sites in successive years were usually within 100 m, and the same nest cup may be used in more than one year. First-year birds of both sexes mated with older birds and also with each other, but first-year females may breed less commonly than first-year males. The numbers of nesting birds on our study sites varied sharply both within and between seasons.
Copyright 1993 The Wilson Ornithological Society
Johnson, Oscar W.; Connors, Peter G.; Bruner, Phillip L.; and Maron, John L., "Breeding Ground Fidelity and Mate Retention in the Pacific Golden-Plover" (1993). Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. 339.