One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘For colonial seabirds, studies of natal dispersal are numerous, and two levels of natal philopatry have been recognized: philopatry to the natal colony and within the colony philopatry to the natal breeding site.’
- ‘Long-term studies of this population indicate high natal and adult philopatry in general, with males being more philopatric than females.’
- ‘The name for this stay-at-home behavior is philopatry, a term derived from the Greek for ‘home-loving’ and loosely defined as the tendency of an individual to remain in its birthplace as an adult.’
- ‘Studies of highly kin-structured mammal societies have revealed the importance of natal philopatry in determining the distribution of genetic variation within populations.’
- ‘First-time breeders that came back to breed within their natal colony showed strong philopatry toward their natal breeding sites.’
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