Nest site selection in zenaida dove (Zenaida aurita) in Puerto Rico

J. Burger, M. Gochfeld, D. J. Gochfeld, J. E. Saliva

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In the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, bridled (Sterna annaethetus and roseate (Sterna dougallii) terns used particular parts of islands, but zenaida doves nest in all available habitats. Doves nested on flatter places near taller rocks, on less visible places farther from clearings, and closer to tern nest than were the random points. On Cayo de Agua doves nested mainly in rock crevices; on Cayo Raton they nested mainly on the ground under vegetation. Doves may derive antipredator advantages from nesting near terns. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-249
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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