Reproductive strategies, success, and mating systems of northern bobwhite in Missouri

L. W. Burger, M. R. Ryan, T. V. Daily, E. W. Kurzejeski

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The reproductive mechanisms of 321 radio-marked northern bobwhite Colinus virginianus were studied in N Missouri during 1990-92. Seventy-four female and 43 male bobwhite incubated 159 nests. Females exhibited apparent monogamy during 60% of nesting attempts and apparent polyandry during 40%. Over the entire nesting season, 71% of females were polyandrous. Of those females that were successful on their initial nesting attmept, 25.7% attempted second nests. Female first nests represented 45.9%, female renests 20.1%, female double-clutch attempts 5.7%, and male-incubated nests 28.3% of all nests located. Nest survival was 43.7%. The reproductive system of northern bobwhite enables recovery from low annual survival or periodic catastrophic declines and may be an adaptation to fluctuating resources in ephemeral, dynamic habitats. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-426
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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