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Breeding Success of Wild and Hand-Reared Ring-Necked Pheasants

David Hill and Peter Robertson
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 52, No. 3 (Jul., 1988), pp. 446-450
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3801588
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3801588
Page Count: 5
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Breeding Success of Wild and Hand-Reared Ring-Necked Pheasants
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Abstract

We compared male territoriality, harem possession, and relative breeding success in subsequent years of hand-reared versus wild-reared ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) at 2 sites in England and Ireland. Release of hand-reared males in summer led to an increase in the density of nonterritorial males the following spring. Relative breeding success was 5× and 2× greater for wild males than hand-reared males at Ireland and England, respectively. There were no differences between 49 radio-tracked wild and hand-reared females in the number of nesting attempts/individual, or the proportion of successful nests. Hand-reared females were 3× more vulnerable to predation during April-August than were wild females. Wild females were 4× more productive than hand-reared females.

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