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Age and territory-quality effects on fecundity in the Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti)

AuthorsFerrer, Miguel ; Bisson, I.
Issue Date2003
PublisherAmerican Ornithologists' Union
CitationAuk 120: 180- 186 (2003)
The Auk 120 (1): 180–186 (2003)
AbstractOver a period of 19 years, we studied 237 breeding attempts of Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) in Doñana National Park (southwestern Spain), including 29 pairs with at least one immature member, to investigate age-related effects on population fecundity. Without considering effect of territory quality, adult pairs were significantly more productive than immature pairs. Highly significant differences in breeding performance among territories were independent of age-classes of birds occupying them. Low-quality territories were more frequently occupied by immature pairs, whereas high-quality territories were occupied mostly or exclusively by adult birds. Therefore, age and territory quality appear to be interrelated. We found no effect on average population fecundity due to breeding by immature pairs.
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