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Survival of northern pintail ducklings on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska

January 1, 1996

We studied survival rates of Northern Pintail (Anas acuta; hereafter pintail) broods and ducklings along the lower Kashunuk River on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Survival rates were determined for 770 ducklings in 111 broods. Brood sizes at hatch were smaller in 1993 versus 1991 and 1992. Duckling survival rates were lower than those reported in previous studies and differed among years. Survival rates of ducklings declined with hatching date at a rate of 0.6% per day. Most mortality occurred during the first 10 days after hatch. Duckling survival rates were correlated with reported annual and seasonal variation in nesting success. This covariation probably results in large geographic and annual fluctuations in pintail production on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Early nesting pintails had better nesting success and duckling survival, which may offset higher nutritional costs of early nesting through higher recruitment.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1996
Title Survival of northern pintail ducklings on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska
DOI 10.2307/1369507
Authors J. Barry Grand, Paul L. Flint
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title The Condor
Index ID 70182064
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center; Alaska Science Center Biology WTEB; Coop Res Unit Atlanta

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