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A radio transmitter attachment technique for soras

Journal of Field Ornithology

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Abstract

We modified a figure-8 leg-loop harness designed for small passerines to attach successfully 1.8-g radio transmitters over the synsacrum of migrant Soras (Porzana carolina). Because of the short caudal region of Soras, addition of a waist loop was critical to securing the transmitter while leg loops were maintained to center the package. Thin gauge (0.6-mm diameter) elastic thread proved ideal for transmitter attachment and allowed for freedom of movement and girth expansion associated with fattening during a 6-10 week stopover. Of 110 Soras radio tagged during three field seasons, only a single mortality was observed and only a single bird lost its transmitter. Migration from the study area was confirmed for 76 (69%) and suspected for another 25 birds (total 92%).

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A radio transmitter attachment technique for soras
Series title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume
71
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
135-139
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
First page:
135
Last page:
139