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A method of studying wild bird populations by mist-netting and banding

Bird-Banding

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Abstract

1. Progress is reported toward development of a method of bird-population study based on mist-netting and banding. A definite pattern of arrangement and schedule of operation are presented. 2. Nets were operated for a total of 4200 net-hours during which 966 captures were made (23.0 birds per 100 net-hours). A total of 431 adult breeding birds were banded and 38 per cent of them were recaptured. 3. A breeding bird census was made simultaneously in the same area by the Williams spot-mapping technique. 4. Estimates of population by recapture agreed closely with the spot-mappmg census. 5. Some birds are demonstrated to have overlapping home-ranges much larger than their singing territories. 6. Recruitment and net-shyness distort recapture estimates of population .but the method allows detection and assessment of their influence in the population dealt with here. 7. The method produced integrated information on population density and dynamics, movement and behavior. 8. The procedure is especially well adapted to studies of disease agents in bird populations. 9. A simple scheme for description of the habitat in terms of relative abundance and frequency of occurrence of tree species was used.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A method of studying wild bird populations by mist-netting and banding
Series title:
Bird-Banding
Volume
31
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1960
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
115-130
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Bird-Banding
First page:
115
Last page:
130