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Definition of Philopatry

Philopatry Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Philopatry is the “tendency of an organism to stay in, or return to, its home area”. The causes of philopatry are numerous, but natal philopatry, where animals return to their birthplace to breed, is probably the most common form. The term "philopatry" derives from the Greek 'home-loving', although in recent years the term has been applied to more than just the animal's birthplace. Recent usage refers to animals returning to the same area to breed despite not being born there, and migratory species that demonstrate site fidelity: reusing stopovers, staging points, and wintering grounds.

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