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Consequences of antenna design in telemetry studies of small passerines

Journal of Field Ornithology

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DOI: 10.1648/0273-8570-71.3.385

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Abstract

Entanglement and mortality of Palila (Loxioides bailleui), an endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper, occurred when birds were radio-tagged with transmitters equipped with a long, limp, solder-tipped antenna. Birds were found suspended in trees by their transmitter antenna on eight occasions. Although these birds eventually freed themselves or were freed by us, at least one bird died afterwards. For radio telemetry studies of small passerine species we recommend avoiding transmitters equipped with an antenna that is bulbous at the tip, >16 cm in length, limp, and shiny.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Consequences of antenna design in telemetry studies of small passerines
Series title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
DOI:
10.1648/0273-8570-71.3.385
Volume
71
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2000
Language:
Spanish; English
Publisher:
Association of Field Ornithologists
Description:
4 p.
First page:
385
Last page:
388
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N