philopatry

noun phil·o·pat·ry \ fə-ˈlä-pə-trē \

Definition of philopatry

: the tendency of an animal to remain in or return to the area of its birth
  • In many species of animals, individuals directly benefit from living in groups; philopatry (i.e., staying in the natal patch) can be selected for, particularly if local habitats are worth clinging to.
  • —Hanna Kokko and Andrés López-SepulcreScience11 Aug. 2006
  • Further, if the habitat is structured, say, a coral reef as opposed to the open sea, the animal will tend to occupy a home range or territory, or at least return to particular places for feeding and refuge (philopatry).
  • —Edward O. WilsonSociobiology: The New Synthesis1975

philopatric

play \ˌfi-lə-ˈpa-trik\ adjective
    • But there is a minority of species in which males are typically philopatric (living their lives in the group into which they were born) and the females are migratory.
    • —Craig B. StanfordThe Hunting Apes1999
    • In some birds, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker and the Florida scrub jay, philopatric males assist in the rearing of their parents' additional broods.
    • —Robert E. Ricklefs and Gary L. MillerEcology2000

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First Known Use of philopatry

1951


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