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Title The Florida Scrub Jay (MPB-20), Volume 20 : Demography of a Cooperative-Breeding Bird. (MPB-20) / John W. Fitzpatrick, Glen Everett Woolfenden.
Imprint Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2020]


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Description 1 online resource.
Series Monographs in Population Biology Ser. ; v. 112
Monographs in Population Biology Ser.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
In English.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020).
Subject Bird populations -- Florida.
Birds -- Florida.
Florida scrub jay.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- CHAPTER ONE. Introduction -- CHAPTER TWO. Procedures -- CHAPTER THREE. The Scrub Jay In Florida -- CHAPTER FOUR. The Pair Bond -- CHAPTER FIVE. Helpers -- CHAPTER SIX. Territory -- CHAPTER SEVEN. Dispersal -- CHAPTER EIGHT. Reproduction -- CHAPTER NINE. Survivorship and the Life Table -- CHAPTER TEN. Evolution of Florida Scrub Jay Sociality -- Epilogue -- Appendixes -- References -- Author Index -- Subject Index
Summary Florida Scrub Jays are an excellent example of a cooperative-breeding species, in which adult birds often help raise offspring not their own. For more than a decade Glen E. Woolfenden and John W. Fitzpatrick studied a marked population of these birds in an attempt to establish a demographic base for understanding the phenomenon of "helping at the nest." By studying both population biology and behavior, the authors found that habitat restraints, rather than kin selection, are the main source of the behavior of Florida Scrub Jays: the goal of increasing the number of close relatives other than descendants in future generations is of relatively minor importance in their cooperative-breeding behavior. The Florida Scrub Jay lives only in the Florida oak scrub. All acceptable habitat is constantly filled with breeders. Each year about half of the pairs are assisted by one to several nonbreeding helpers. This book provides extensive data on fecundity, survivorship, relatedness, and dispersal to establish the demographic milieu and to address questions arising out of observed helping behavior--whom, how, when, and why the helpers help.
Other Author Fitzpatrick, John W., author. Author.
Other Title Print version: Woolfenden, Glen Everett. Florida Scrub Jay (MPB-20), Volume 20 : Demography of a Cooperative-Breeding Bird. (MPB-20). Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©1985