The effect of annual rainfall on the survival rates of some Australian passerines

Robin McCleery, Yoram Yom-Tov, David Purchase

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Abstract

The survival rates of 18 species of wide-ranging Australian passerines were calculated by using recapture data provided by the Australian Bird Banding Scheme for birds older than one year. On average, birds living in relatively lower rainfall areas (<760 mm annually) lived 15% longer than birds living in higher rainfall areas (>760 mm). Out of 18 species examined, only three do not conform with this general trend.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-179
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Field Ornithology
Volume69
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

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