phil·​o·​pat·​ry | \ fə-ˈlä-pə-trē How to pronounce philopatry (audio) \

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-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

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philopatric \ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈpa-​trik How to pronounce philopatry (audio) \ 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

First Known Use of philopatry

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Philopatry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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