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Site tenacity of the endangered palila

January 1, 1993

Strong site tenacity might prevent Palila (Loxioides bailleui), an endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper, from repopulating favorable habitats in their former range. We used radio telemetry during the nonbreeding and breeding seasons to study movements and dispersal rates of 57 Palila. All Palila remained in the study area, and home range sizes and movement distances were small relative to the potential mobility of the species. Banding and nesting studies revealed that Palila show strong site tenacity. An inverse correlation between movements and elevation was related to an elevational gradient in food supply. Translocations of Palila into presently unoccupied areas in their range might speed the recovery of this endangered species.

Publication Year 1993
Title Site tenacity of the endangered palila
Authors S.G. Fancy, R.T. Sugihara, J.J. Jeffrey, J.D. Jacobi
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title The Wilson Bulletin
Index ID 5223068
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center