Site fidelity in the Canary Islands stonechat Saxicoladacotiae in relation to spatial and temporalpatterns of habitat suitability

Canary Islands Stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae) Science Article 2


We investigate the degree of territory faithfulness of the Canary Islands stonechat Saxicola dacotiae, an endemic bird species of the semi-arid island of Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain), and the spatial and temporal variability of habitat traits related to its breeding success over its whole distribution range. Between 1998 and 2003 we monitored the spatial location of individually marked birds to determine whether they were site faithful. We also analysed the spatial and temporal variability of the abiotic (rainfall) and biotic (food availability, abundance of avian predators and competitors, and nest predation) factors that may influence breeding success in this species

Juan Carlos Illera and Mario Diaz, Acta oecologIca 34 (2008), 1-8

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