Date: 1/2/19 8:37 pm From: Herb Wilson <whwilson...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] King Rail questions
As one might expect, we have limited information on the movements of such a
secretive species as the King Rail. A general pattern in birds is that
natal site fidelity is typically low but breeding site fidelity is usually
much higher. One study in Maryland (where the species is a permanent
resident) showed that only one of 41 juveniles banded in the summer was
still present in December in the same marsh, suggesting that young rails do
disperse from their natal site. There are two reports of breeding site
fidelity (one from Maryland and one from Arkansas) where birds in
consecutive years nested with 16 m of the first nesting site. We also know
that rails show remarkable dispersal given their relatively weak flying
abilities. So, I doubt that the King Rails in Wells will give rise to a
Dr. Herb Wilson
Department of Biology
5739 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME 04901
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” - Gary Snyder
El mié., 2 de ene. de 2019 a la(s) 15:46, A. P. Aldrich (
> King Rail questions
> For the second year KIRA have successfully had young here in Wells, Maine.
> On 6/19/2018 a nest with 11 eggs was found. On July 3rd and 4th , 7
> chicks hatched.
> Will the young migrate back to the same place where they were born?
> Also, after they are old enough to breed will they return to the place of
> their birth with a mate that is not their sibling, or will they mate with
> their sibling?
> I saw online that they can start to breed at one or two years of age, so
> could the marsh this year, or next get invaded with lots of KIRA?
> Thank you
> Andy Aldrich
> North Berwick, Maine
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