Meaning of philopatric in English:


Pronunciation /ˌfɪlə(ʊ)ˈpatrɪk/


  • (of an animal or species) tending to return to or remain near a particular site or area.

    ‘The fact that close inbreeding is rarely observed even in highly philopatric species suggests that animals have mechanisms to avoid breeding with close kin.’
    • ‘Most individuals are philopatric; they return to the area near where they hatched to breed.’
    • ‘Like other waterfowl species, common goldeneye females are natal and breeding site philopatric.’
    • ‘The dispersal of the juveniles differs from that of most other promiscuous or polygynous mammals, being female-biased with a fraction of males remaining philopatric.’
    • ‘Another problem is that philopatric and dispersing animals may often overlap in their distance moved because there is generally no clear shift in frequency distributions of distances moved.’


1940s from philo-‘liking’ + Greek patra ‘fatherland’ + -ic.