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Population Status of Zenaida Doves and Other Columbids in the Virgin Islands

David W. Nellis, Richard A. Dewey, Margo A. Hewitt, Shirley Imsand, Richard Philibosian and John A. Yntema
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul., 1984), pp. 889-894
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3801435
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3801435
Page Count: 6
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Population Status of Zenaida Doves and Other Columbids in the Virgin Islands
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Abstract

Strip surveys of Zenaida doves (Zenaida aurita) were conducted for 5 years on St. Croix and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Nest surveys were also conducted on uninhabited, mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) -free offshore cays. Dove numbers increased in spring before nesting and decreased in fall after young fledged. A seasonal migration is the most likely explanation for the seasonal population fluctuations. Nest success was highest in cliff sites and lowest in grass. The continuous presence of scaly-naped (Columba squamosa) and white-crowned (C. leucocephala) pigeons was confirmed.

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