Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Divorce in the Canary Islands Stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Journal:The Wilson Bulletin
Date Published:2005
ISBN Number:00435643
Keywords:Fringillidae, Muscicapidae, Saxicola, Saxicola dacotiae, Saxicola torquatus, Serinus, Serinus canaria, Spain
Abstract:I report the first case of divorce for the Canary Islands Stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae), an endemic bird species of the semiarid island of Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain). I studied 72 pairs during three breeding seasons (2000-2001, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003). In 2001-2002, a female divorced after a successful first nesting. This female settled in a neighboring territory where the owner was unpaired, built a new nest, and laid four eggs. The low rate of divorce (1.4%) suggests that unforced mate changes by Canary Islands Stonechats are rare.
Short Title:The Wilson Bulletin
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith