Definition of philopatry
- 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-Sepulcre, Science, 11 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. Wilson, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, 1975
philopatricplay \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. Stanford, The Hunting Apes, 1999
- 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. Miller, Ecology, 2000