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1 August 2007 Demographics of Black Vultures in North Carolina
BRADLEY F. BLACKWELL, MICHAEL L. AVERY, BRYAN D. WATTS, MARTIN S. LOWNEY
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Understanding the contributions of vital rates to species population growth is critical to developing new management protocols. We constructed a model population for black vultures (Coragyps atratus) in North Carolina, USA, based on demographic data from a 14-year study. The model population was similar in stage structure to the reference population, and adult survival was the primary contributor to the annual rate of increase (10.6%). We suggest that the North Carolina black vulture population is experiencing high rates of survival and fertility, potentially breeding at an age younger than previously assumed, and growing rapidly.

BRADLEY F. BLACKWELL, MICHAEL L. AVERY, BRYAN D. WATTS, and MARTIN S. LOWNEY "Demographics of Black Vultures in North Carolina," Journal of Wildlife Management 71(6), 1976-1979, (1 August 2007). https://doi.org/10.2193/2006-146
Published: 1 August 2007
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