René McKibbin and Christine A Bishop1
Environment Canada, 5421 Robertson Rd., Delta, B.C. V4K 3N2; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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Abstract: A breeding male Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens auricollis) lived for at least six years and showed fidelity to territory during those years. A female lived for at least five years and was found on the same study site for three of the five years. The male successfully fledged 22 chats at a fecundity rate of 3.14 while the female fledged nine chats at a fecundity rate of 2.25. The observations arose from annual colour-banding of chats during a survey starting in 2001 in the south Okanagan valley, British Columbia, Canada. The British Columbia population of the western subspecies of chat is endangered.
Key words: Yellow-breasted Chat, Icteria virens auricollis, longevity
McKibbin, R. and C.A. Bishop. 2008. Observations on longevity and fecundity of the western Yellow-breasted Chat in the south Okanagan valley, British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia Birds 18:26-27.
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