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Effect of implanted satellite transmitters on the nesting behavior of Murres

Condor

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Abstract

We implanted 6 Common Murres (Uria aalge) and 10 Thick-billed Murres (Uria lomvia) with satellite transmitters and compared subsequent presence at the colony, nesting status, and provisioning to a control group that underwent a simple surgical procedure. In the 10 days following implantation, we resighted 10 of 11 control birds at the colony and 6 of 16 implanted birds. Of the birds that returned, 7 of 10 control birds retained breeding status, whereas zero of six implanted birds retained breeding status. We conclude that abdominal implantations alter murre nesting behavior.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effect of implanted satellite transmitters on the nesting behavior of Murres
Series title:
Condor
Volume
100
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
172
Last page:
174
Number of Pages:
3